A fifth member of the 2022 Detroit Lions is reportedly under investigation for gambling.
Lions wide receivers Jameson Williams and Stanley Berryhill have been suspended six games, while receiver Quintez Cephus and safety CJ Moore will miss at least the entire 2023 season for violating the league’s wagering policy.
The Athletic reports that the player now under investigation was not a prominent member of the team last season, but did not name the player.
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Cephus and Moore were released by the team. Washington Commanders defensive lineman Shaka Toney is also suspended for at least one season.
ESPN reported earlier this week that a «second wave of possible violations» is being investigated.
Calvin Ridley missed the entire 2022 season for gambling. He was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars while he was suspended and was reinstated earlier this year. He will debut with Jacksonville this season.
Williams spoke for the first time since his suspension on Thursday, taking responsibility for his actions.
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«He hit me out of the blue, and he hit a couple of players on my team and across the league out of nowhere. I wasn’t aware of this situation,» Williams admitted to reporters after practice Thursday.
«But as it happened, I took it on the chin. I was ready to move on. As things happened, I got the consequences. That’s been my whole plan: to move on from things and just look to the better days.»
«The suspension is more or less what it is. I broke a policy…I just left it alone,» he added. They gave me six games and we left it at that. I’m looking forward to coming back in Week 7, getting back with my team and playing a game.»
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The Lions went 9-8 last season and were in contention for a playoff spot until the Seattle Seahawks knocked them out of the postseason in Week 18.