A source has informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Rich Cimini that New York Jets wide receiver coach Miles Austin will be suspended for at least a year for breaking the NFL’s gambling policy. On Friday, the NFL issued a statement validating Austin’s suspension and appealing his case.
After announcing that “the league will have no further comment until that appeal is resolved,” the NFL said that it would not elaborate. According to ESPN’s source, Austin will not be eligible for reinstatement until he has completed any suspension.
A source told ESPN that the NFL has been looking into Austin for some time now because of his illegal sports betting (not on NFL or college football games). William P. Deni Jr., Austin’s agent and attorney, has stated in numerous interviews that his client does not place bets on NFL games.
According to Deni, the NFL banned Miles Austin from using his legitimate mobile account to bet on table games and sports that aren’t played in the NFL. “Miles did not bet on any NFL games, as that would have been against the league’s policy regarding gambling by NFL employees. When the NFL began its investigation, he immediately cooperated with them. He has decided to challenge his suspension.”
The National Football League has a strict policy against any of its coaches participating in sports betting, not just football betting.
In addition, “all NFL Personnel other than Players are prohibited from placing, soliciting, or facilitating bets” on any other professional (e.g., NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, USTA, MLS), collegiate (e.g., NCAA basketball), international (e.g., World Baseball Classic, World Cup), or Olympic sports competition, tournament, or event.
It was also discovered that Austin had been placing online bets at the team’s facility, which is against NFL policy.
Players Can Use This Exception To Engage In Off-Field Betting On Sports Other Than Those Sanctioned By The NFL
As stated in the league’s policy, “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), collegiate (e.g., NCAA basketball), international (e.g., World Baseball Classic, World Cup), or amateur (e.g., Olympic, AAU) sports competition, tournament, or event.”
Since joining the 49ers in 2019 as a quality control coach for wide receivers, Austin has worked in the National Football League. During the ’21 season, he joined the Jets’ coaching staff. Despite shaky play from the quarterback position, the wide receiver group has carried the offense thanks to the likes of star rookie Garrett Wilson and the dependable running game.
Austin’s NFL career spanned from 2006 until 2015, during which time he scored 38 touchdowns while catching passes for 5,273 yards. The majority of his career was spent with Dallas, where he also interned for two years.
After former Falcons and current Jaguars receiver, Calvin Ridley was suspended for a year for making a few bets on NFL games totaling less than $4,000, Austin is the second high-profile case of an NFL suspension for gambling in the past year. Austin’s total wager on casino games and other sports bets that did not involve the NFL is unknown.
The League Suspension Of Austin Was First Reported By NFL Network And ESPN
Austin has been a member of Robert Saleh’s coaching staff for the Jets for two seasons now. Additionally, in 2019, Saleh served as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator and Austin was an offensive quality control coach. Additionally, during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Austin, now 38 years old, interned for the Dallas Stars in the capacity of professional and college scout.
While playing in the NFL for 10 years, Austin caught 361 passes for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns. In 2006, the Cowboys signed Austin as an undrafted free agent out of Monmouth. He spent his first eight seasons in Dallas and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010.
A year each in Cleveland (2014) and Philadelphia (2015) were his final stops as a player before he retired and went into coaching.
Players in official NFL fantasy football leagues are not permitted to accept prizes worth more than $250 or take part in “Daily” contests.
Austin didn’t play in Week 16’s Thursday night matchup with the Jaguars, which was crucial because both teams were trying to make the playoffs. After this loss, the Jets’ record drops to 7-8, 1.5 games behind the Patriots for third place in the AFC East. With just two games left, they can still win a wild-card berth.