After extensive investigations into cases of gambling on football games, the NFL made the tough call to out several players in the Detroit Lions ranks. In a report published by ESPN, the NFL indefinitely suspended Quintez Cephus and C.J. Moore alongside Washington Commanders’ defensive end, Shaka Toney. All players were found guilty of violating the NFL gambling policy by placing bets on NFL games in the past season.
Immediately after the NFL made its decision, the Detroit Lions also announced that the two players were sacked from the team. Speaking on behalf of the team, General Manager Brad Holmes expressed disappointment at the actions of the players and made it clear that the football team was parting ways with them.
“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,” Holmes clarified during the announcement. “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.”
This is not the first time that a member of the Lions was found guilty of violating the NFL gambling policy. Just last month, multiple Lions staff members were dismissed for a similar offense. According to the NFL policy, players and personnel are restricted from betting on NFL games, drafts or league-related activities available on sportsbooks.
Cephus and Moore can reapply to the NFL for reinstatement after one year. However, it’s certain that they will be playing any part with the Lions in the coming seasons. This action is very similar to what went down with Calvin Ridley during the 2022-23 season. Ridley was suspended for betting on games while he was a player for the Atlanta Falcons. He will return for the 2023-24 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.