The NFL is investigating a fifth Detroit Lions player as part of an ongoing gambling investigation, The Athletic reported Friday.
The website did not name the player, but reported that he did not have a major role in 2022.
Four Lions players, including wide receiver Jameson Williams, were suspended for gambling in April for violating NFL policy.
Williams and receiver Stanley Berryhill were suspended six games from the team’s facility for mobile betting, while receiver Quietez Cephus and safety C.J. Moore were suspended indefinitely from football. Washington Chiefs defensive end Shaka Toney has been suspended indefinitely due to the investigation.
The Lions, who also violated the NFL’s gambling policy this spring left four staff members, Cephus, Moore and Berryhill, while Williams said Thursday in public comments for the first time since the suspension that he was completely unaware of the NFL’s rules on gambling.
The NFL prohibits players from betting on NFL games or events at any time, and prohibits players from placing any bets on team stadiums, facilities, hotels, buses or league business.
“It hit me out of the blue, and it hit other players around the league and on my team out of the blue,” Williams said. “I didn’t know this situation, but as it happened, like I said, I took it on the chin, I was ready to move forward when things went and I got the results, so this whole plan was to move forward. From things and just looking for better days.”
Lions coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that the organization has reminded players several times this spring about the league’s gambling policy, which is posted in each team’s locker room. Additionally, the NFL Players Association sent a memo to agents this spring warning players not to open mobile betting apps while at work.
“That’s the emphasis in the league right now,” Campbell said. It’s a big thing. Our players know. We tried to hit home. Sure enough, we did after that point, hit it twice again and we’ll just do it, we’ll keep doing it.
This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: NFL investigates another Lions player for gambling violation: Report