This is the epitome of a Friday afternoon news dump: the National Football League sent an email announcement declaring that Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw has been suspended through at least the end of the 2020 season.
Shaw played for the Chiefs in 2018, appearing in four games, most notably allowing a crucial catch to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to set up a game-winning field goal in New England.
The suspension was announced on Friday, but per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media Shaw believes his mistake was innocent, and that he made the bets due to a "misinterpreted understanding of the Supreme Court ruling".
After the league's investigation, officials found no evidence of inside information being given that would compromise the outcome of the game. His teammates, coaches or other players were not found to have been aware of his betting.
Shaw has not played in 2019 and is on injured reserve.
The suspension was handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. This was strictly enforced even before the league approved the Raiders' move to Las Vegas, where the team will begin playing next season.
One day after NFL fans stuffed themselves with football and turkey, the league has suspended one of its own for trying to stuff his pockets with cash from betting on NFL games. As it stands, he may petition the league for reinstatement on February 15, 2021. The highest-profile case was in 1963 when Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions were banned for the entire season. Media outlets including the Los Angeles Times reported the story as an act of heroism, and Shaw was held up as one of USC's best.