New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 19: Jonathan Jones #31 of the New England Patriots looks on after the preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on August 19, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For the past few weeks, reports have teased pending NFL suspensions relating to players gambling on sports. Those suspensions were handed down on Thursday.

Four players were included in the league’s latest round of suspensions. Colts players Isaiah Rodgers and Rashod Berry, as well as free agent Demetrius Taylor, were suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games. Nicholas Petit-Frere of the Titans was also suspended for six game for betting on non-NFL sports from the team facility. Any sort of sports betting from a team facility is prohibited by NFL rules.

  • Ever since current Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended for sports betting for betting on sports last spring, the issue of NFL players betting on sports has been a contentious topic. While the latest CBA created some more flexibility, many players have still criticized the policies.

    In the wake of these recent suspensions, players have once again shared their thoughts. That includes Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones, who took to Twitter Thursday night.

    “I understand rules are rules, But (sic) I can risk my life so that my team wins but I can’t risk 1k on my team winning,” he tweeted, followed by the shrug emoji.

  • Jones also replied to fans replying to his tweet, further explaining some of his thoughts – including on players betting on their own games. “If you don’t give maximum effort you lose you job more than any bet,” he said to one user.” This isnt boxing you can’t get 92 players on a Sunday to not show maximum effort.

    In another reply, Jones clarified he doesn’t bet on sports himself but still sees an issue with the policy. “I don’t bet on sports the ROI isn’t that great,” he explained. “I’m only arguing logic.”

    Overall, 10 players have now been suspended by the NFL for some for of gambling infraction in the last two years. This conversation likely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon either, especially as more states legalize sports betting.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at [email protected].

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