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Former Buccaneers DB suspended for betting on NFL games while he was with the Arizona Cardinals

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Nov 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 16:01:24-05

TAMPA, Fla. -- A former Tampa Bay Buccaneer is facing an indefinite suspension after the league said he bet on NFL games multiple times this season.

Josh Shaw, who now plays for the Arizona Cardinals, is expected to be suspended through the end of the 2020 season, according to a release from the NFL.

The league did not specify which games Shaw bet on but his Cardinals faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 10. Shaw, who was placed on the injured reserve list in August, did not play at the game in Tampa but the Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 30-27.

Shaw's teammates, coaches or other players were not aware that Shaw was betting on games, according to the NFL. The league's investigation did not find any evidence "indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way," according to a release from the NFL.

The fifth-year defensive back played with the Buccaneers for parts of the 2018 season. He played four games for the Bucs, finishing his brief stint in Tampa with eight tackles and a fumble recovery.

Shaw was at the center of a national controversy during his college days after lying about how he injured his ankles. He initially told the USC Trojans he hurt his ankles while jumping off a balcony to save his nephew who was drowning in the pool. The team and the media later found out that Shaw hurt his ankles after getting into an argument with his then-girlfriend and jumped from the balcony to avoid responding police officers.