The National Football League (NFL) has indefinitely suspended Denver Broncos player Eyioma Uwazurike for betting violations.
The NFL confirmed the move in a statement, outlining that Uwazurike had been betting on NFL games during the 2022 season.
However, it was not confirmed which games he was betting on. It was also not confirmed whether his own team took part in these games.
The NFL said that Uwazurike would be allowed to petition for reinstatement “no later” than July 24 2024, exactly one year on from the suspension taking effect.
According to the NFL’s Gambling Policy, players are prohibited from “placing, soliciting, or facilitating” bets on any NFL game or event.
They are also banned from placing bets on other professional sports competitions. These include the National Basketball Association, Major League baseball or the National Hockey League.
Denver Broncos’ statement
In a statement, the Denver Broncos said it had “fully cooperated” with the investigation into Uwazurike.
“We were informed by the NFL today that Eyioma Uwazurike had been suspended by the league indefinitely for violating its gambling policy,” said the team. “Or organization fully cooperated with this investigation and takes matters pertaining to the integrity of the game very seriously.”
It added that it would continue supplying players with gambling information to ensure they are complying with the NFL’s gambling policies.
“The Denver Broncos will continue to provide all members of our organization with the necessary education, resources and support to ensure compliance with the NFL’s Gambling Policy.”
A host of violations
The NFL has banned a number of players for betting breaches in the past few months.
In April, five players were suspended after the NFL ruled that they had breached betting policy. The suspensions were issued to Detroit Lions receivers Jameson Williams, Quintez Cephus, Stanley Berryhill and CJ Moore. Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney was also suspended.
In June, a further four players were suspended for similar breaches. The Indianapolis Colts’ Isaiah Rodgers and Rashod Berry were suspended until the end of the 2023 season. Demetrius Taylor, a free agent, was banned for the 2023 campaign while Nicholas Petit-Frere received a six-game suspension.