NFL Gambling Suspensions: 4 More Players Disciplined for Gambling Violations
Wesley Hitt/Getty. Pictured: Nicholas Petit-Frere.
With rumors swirling that the NFL is set to announce a new round of suspensions and penalties due to violations of the league's gambling policy, we know four players who are set to face repercussions.
Titans offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere got ahead of the news and released a statement to ESPN in which he confirmed his impending six-game suspension but offered clarification as to how he violated the gambling policy.
Petit-Frere stated that he legally wagered on non-NFL sporting events, but said his violation was that he placed some of the wagers from inside of the Titans facility, a location where he is not allowed to place any wagers, per the league's policy.
Titans’ OT Nicholas Petit-Frere is being suspended six games for violating the NFL’s gambling policy. Petit-Frere is adamant that he did not bet on NFL games. But he is being suspended for betting on other sports at the workplace.
His statement to ESPN: pic.twitter.com/mvXfig5V10
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 29, 2023
The NFL has been doling out a host of penalties related to violations of the league's policy, ranging from Detroit Lions players to Isaiah Rodgers of the Colts and more. Colts players Rodgers and Rashod Berry will be suspended indefinitely, Schefter tweeted Thursday, and free agent defensive end Demetrius Taylor has also been given an indefinite suspension for violating league rules regarding betting.
Violations have been of a wide variety and severity. Some players have been punished for violations similar to Petit-Frere's, while some have placed wagers on NFL teams and even on their own teams, though nothing has been confirmed regarding wagers placed on games in which someone was personally playing in.
A number of players and league staff have commented that they were unclear about the league's policies, and when you learn about some of the nuances behind the policies it is easy to believe that statement.
While Petit-Frere is the lone additional player who has been confirmed (by his own statement), we are likely to see more punishments of gambling policy violations in the near future.