Broncos DE Eyioma Uwazurike Becomes Yet Another NFL Player Suspended Indefinitely for Gambling Policy Violation
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Broncos defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's gambling policy and will miss at least a season, NFL Network reported on Monday.
Uwazurike reportedly wagered on the NFL last season.
It's yet another suspension in a long offseason of NFL gambling policy mishaps. At least nine other players have been suspended since February for sports betting or table game violations.
While players are permitted to wager on sporting events or casino games outside of the NFL, they aren't allowed to do so at team facilities.
Those that have done so have been reportedly slapped with four- or six-game suspensions, such as Titans offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere, Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams, former Lions wide receiver Stanley Berryhill and Jets wide receivers coach Miles Austin.
Sportsbook geolocating technology can detect whether a player, staff member or coach is using team WiFi to place bets. The book then self-reports the violation to the appropriate governing bodies.
The rest of the suspensions this year have been indefinite because the players bet on the NFL. So far, only one player of the bunch — former Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers — has reportedly wagered on his own team.
Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley missed the entire 2022 NFL season after wagering on his own team, then the Falcons, during the previous season. He has since been reinstated after an investigation found no damning malfeasance in relation to those wagers.
Did The Suspended Player Bet On Football?
- Former Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers YES
- Former Colts linebacker Rashod Berry YES
- Former Lions linebacker Demetrius Taylor YES
- Former Lions safety C.J. Moore YES
- Former Lions wide receiver Quintez Cephus YES
- Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney YES
- Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley YES
- Titans offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere NO
- Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams NO
- Former Lions wide receiver Stanley Berryhill NO
- Jets wide receiver coach Miles Austin NO
- Broncos defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike YES
Did He Bet On Own Team?
- Isaiah Rodgers YES
- Rashod Berry UNCLEAR
- Demetrius Taylor UNCLEAR
- C.J. Moore UNCLEAR
- Quintez Cephus UNCLEAR
- Shaka Toney UNCLEAR
- Calvin Ridley YES
- Nicholas Petit-Frere NO
- Jameson Williams NO
- Stanley Berryhill NO
- Miles Austin NO
- Eyioma Uwazurike UNCLEAR
The recent proliferation in suspensions have come after several new states legalized sports betting over the last calendar year. Since 2022, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Louisiana, Kansas and other states have launched mobile sports gambling, expanding ease and access.
Some players argue that they aren't adequately informed about where, when and what they can or cannot bet on.
The league has pushed back on this notion — including in a recent press conference — stating that each team is required to undergo gambling compliance training every season.