Yahoo! Sports reported on Friday that New York Jets wide receivers coach Miles Austin has been suspended over gambling allegations.
The website pointed to a statement from Austin's lawyer, William P. Deni Jr., who claimed that the coach placed bets on "non-NFL professional sports" and is cooperating with league investigators.
ESPN quoted Deni as saying, "The NFL suspended Miles Austin for wagering from a legal mobile account on table games and non-NFL professional sports."
"Miles did not wager on any NFL game in violation of the Gambling Policy for NFL Personnel," Deni continued. "He has been fully cooperative with the NFL's investigation. He is appealing his suspension."
However, ESPN pointed to the NFL's official gambling policy, which bars coaches and other staff members from wagering on sporting events of any kind.
"All NFL Personnel other than Players are further prohibited from placing, soliciting, or facilitating bets on any other professional (e.g., NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, USTA, MLS), college (e.g., NCAA basketball), international (e.g., World Baseball Classic, World Cup), or Olympic sports competition, tournament or event," the rule states.
What's more, the NFL contends that Miles placed bets while he was a Jets facility, which also contravenes league rules.
Yahoo! Sports noted that Austin is not the only NFL figure to find himself in hot water over gambling recently, as Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley was forced to sit out the 2022 season for betting on games last year.
ESPN reported that Ridley was given an indefinite suspension this past Spring after it emerged that he made bets via a mobile device over a five day period in November of 2021.
ESPN was told by an unnamed source that the NFL learned of Ridley's gambling "through its relationships within the legal sports betting industry." NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed Ridley of his suspension in a March letter.
"There is nothing more fundamental to the NFL's success -- and to the reputation of everyone associated with our league -- than upholding the integrity of the game," ESPN quoted Goodell as saying.
"This is the responsibility of every player, coach, owner, game official, and anyone else employed in the league," the commissioner continued.
"Your actions put the integrity of the game at risk, threatened to damage public confidence in professional football, and potentially undermined the reputations of your fellow players throughout the NFL," Goodell added.