The Josh Shaw betting news broke on Friday but didn't up leading to much. To be honest, it was kind of disappointing. I was hoping for a scandal, but it turned out to be kind of a non-story involving a player that wasn't really on the team. When I heard the initial news I was hoping it to turn into a Tim Donaghy like scandal.
More info has come out on the exact situation that occurred. While Josh Shaw was on the IR, he went to Vegas with his boys. While there, he placed a wager against the Cardinals:
SOURCE-Shaw, who has been on injured reserve since August and has not played since signing with the Cardinals in March, made the parlay bet on Sunday, Nov. 10, at a Caesars sportsbook in Las Vegas, according to the sources. The bet was on the second halves of three Week 10 games, the sources said, and included the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were leading the Cardinals 17-13 at halftime. The Buccaneers were 1-point favorites for the second half. They failed to cover the second-half spread but went on to defeat the Cardinals 30-27. Shaw's bet lost, according to the sources.
This was the only bet he placed. Apparently, Shaw thought because it was legal he could bet on it like any other American, which is kind of fair? Also, he lost the bet. That should lessen his suspension.
Where Shaw messed up was he made it incredibly easy for Ceaser's, the Nevada Gaming Commission, and the NFL to find out that he placed the bet:
Shaw was open about his line of work when filling out his application for a betting account with Caesars, even listing "professional football player" as his occupation, the sources said.
If I'm the XFL, I'm signing this guy tomorrow. He probably has the talent and you can also build him up as the bad boy that the NFL couldn't handle. Hell, have him gamble on all the games he's involved in.