An ex-Detroit Lions player may have lost his job for violating the league’s gambling rules, but there is one silver lining to the incident.
On Thursday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Jameson Williams, C.J. Moore, Quintez Cephus and Stanley Berryhill of the Lions and Shaka Toney of the Washington Commanders all received suspensions for violating the NFL’s gambling policy.
This obviously isn’t the best news for any of the five players involved. But as noted by Pro Football Talk, Moore will still receive his $1.4 million signing bonus thanks to the language of his contract with the club:
“Just days before being suspended for at least a year and cut by the Lions, the Lions paid Moore the first half of the amount, $700,000.
PFT has obtained Moore’s contract. It required payment of $700,000 within 30 days of contract signing, which was March 20. The other $700,000 is due to be paid on or before September 8, 2023.
The question now becomes whether he gets the second half, and whether he gets to keep the first half.”
MLB legend Pete Rose is by far the most well-known athlete who landed in hot water over gambling controversies. Despite being the all-time leader in hits and games played, Rose has been kept out of the Baseball Hall of Fame for gambling on games while he played for and managed the Cincinnati Reds.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended for the entire 2022 season for gambling on NFL games while he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta wound up trading him to the Jaguars ahead of the 2022 trade deadline.
Moore appeared in 11 games for the Lions last season, recording 12 combined tackles, one pass defensed and a forced fumble.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.