Cardinals’ DB Josh Shaw suspended through the 2020 season for….betting on NFL games. pic.twitter.com/t1gawMI1LI
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 29, 2019
I know this story is a couple of days old, but new layers keep getting added that make it juicier and much, much funnier. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw has been on IR the entire season. He was clearly very bored and had nothing to do but watch football. And like a lot of us, Josh realized these games would be a lot more interesting if he had something on the line. So, understandably, Josh started laying down some action on the games. Now I want to make it very clear I have no problem with this whatsoever and don’t think it should be punished by more than a simple fine. However, Josh really didn’t help himself, to the point that it’s very hard to feel bad for him at all. Here are the three places Josh really went wrong:
1, Josh made his bets legally. This sets up a clear and obvious paper trail where he needed to use his own ID and real name and everything. Normally, not breaking the law is a good thing! But in this case, nobody really gives a shit about bookies and if you really shouldn’t be betting games (like Josh), a bookie is probably the way to go.
2. When placing these legal wagers, Josh listed his profession as “professional football player.”
SOURCE– 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.
I mean… this is where I start to lose any sympathy for the guy. That would be like applying to be a police officer and listing “Drug Dealer” in your work history. “Applicable Skills: I know where to find drugs, I know who all the drug dealers are, I can try the drugs and tell you what they are, if you want me to go undercover as a drug dealer I guarantee a bunch of people will believe me.” This one is damning, Josh.
3. He bet against his own team.
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.
Jesus, Josh! What a degenerate move! Betting 2H parlays?? And against your own team??? This guy is hardcore. He saw the Bucs beating his boys at halftime, and thought “yeah these dudes fuckin’ stink I’m taking the other side.” This is a lesson on why a lot of people don’t bet on their own team! You let emotion get in the way of your decision making and it led to Josh losing his parlay with the Cardinals covering the 2H spread.
In all seriousness, this whole situation seems like pure ignorance from Josh. For some reason, he must have thought because he was wagering legally that he wasn’t breaking any rules. Otherwise, there is no fathomable way he would be openly walking around Caesars Sportsbook, placing bets against his team, and telling people he is a professional football player. He definitely deserves a light punishment for simply being this dumb, but he doesn’t deserve his career to end. I’m sure Roger Goodell will do the right thing and take it easy on him.