The NFL is reinforcing its gambling policy after several players received punishments this offseason for violating league rules.
Officials have been visiting team practice facilities to reiterate gambling restrictions — and all rookies are required to attend these mandatory education sessions.
In a media session held Tuesday, the NFL identified six “key rules” of its gambling policy.
“I think the league has been doing a better job of explaining all the little details, because there have been some rules that fell through the cracks that even I didn’t know,” Washington Commanders defensive tackle Jonathan Allen told Front Office Sports.
Allen’s teammate Shaka Toney was one of five players to receive suspensions in April for violating the league’s gambling policy. The defensive end was suspended indefinitely for reportedly betting on NFL games.
The NFL is also investigating Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers for violations that reportedly include betting on Colts games — with a lifetime ban being considered. Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Calvin Ridley missed the entire 2022 season after being suspended indefinitely and was reinstated back in March.
“I’m not into [betting] so it wouldn’t have affected me, but there’s been some rules where I was like, I’m glad they told us that,” said Allen, a two-time Pro Bowler. “You’re not even allowed to gamble on your sports app at the facility, even if it’s not on football games. Even if I’m in the car in my parking lot about to go into the facility, I’m not allowed to place a bet.”