The NFL drop a bombshell on everyone earlier today when it was announced that five players, including Lions second-year wideout Jameson Williams, had been suspended for violating the league’s gambling policies.
The players received varying penalties, with Williams’ 6-game ban being among the lightest handed out.
The league’s investigation even resulted in several members of the Detroit Lions staff being fired for infractions, leaving everyone wondering exactly what happened?
We still don’t know all the details, but Jameson Williams’ reps released a statement that does shed a bit of light as to what may have caused him to be suspended.
According to Alliance Sports, Williams takes full responsibility for his actions. However, they also claim that their client did not bet on football, and he did not partake in any illegal activity. Rather, it sounds like Jameson violated a “technical rule” by placing a wager from within the team’s facility.
Unfortunately, rules are rules. So Williams will be begin another season watching from the sidelines.
Last year’s 12th overall pick is off to a rough start to his career. He only played in six games last season after recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the 2022 National Championship Game as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He caught just one pass with the Lions in 2022, which was an impressive 41-yard touchdown… But still. That’s all he’ll have to show for the first year-and-a-half of his NFL career.
It’s disappointing news for the Lions, who were hoping to get a lot out of Williams in his sophomore season. As a result of the league’s crackdown, Detroit will also lose wide receiver Stanley Berryhill for six games, and safety CJ Moore and wideout Quintez Cephus for at least the season. Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney was also suspended indefinitely by the league.
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