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NFL suspends five players over gambling policy violations

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April 21, 2023

The National Football League (NFL) suspended five players on Friday for violating the league’s gambling policy, officials said.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Lions receivers Jameson Williams, Quintez Cephus, Stanley Berryhill and safety C.J. Moore, as well as Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney were suspended.

“A league review uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way,” the league said in a statement confirming the suspensions.

The NFL prohibits any form of gambling at any club, facility or venue.

“As a result of an NFL investigation, it came to our attention that a few of our players had violated the league’s gambling policy,” Brad Holmes, the Lions’ general manager, said in a statement. “These players exhibited decision making that is not consistent with our organizational values and violates league rules. We have made the decision to part ways with Quintez and C.J. immediately. We are disappointed by the decision making demonstrated by Stanley and Jameson and will work with both players to ensure they understand the severity of these violations and have clarity on the league rules moving forward.”

Last week, Chris Smith, a former NFL defensive lineman who played for five teams across an eight-year career, died at 31.

Smith’s death was announced by his agent and one of his former teams, the Cleveland Browns. His cause of death was not released.

“Chris was one of the kindest people, teammates and friends we’ve had in our organization,” the Browns said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”