The Detroit Lions have cut ties with another of the players involved in the team’s illegal gambling drama. On Tuesday, the team waived wide receiver, Stanley Berryhill. The 24-year-old had previously been suspended by Roger Goodell and the NFL for six games for using a mobile betting app from within the franchise’s facilities.
Berryhill was one of the five players The League disciplined due to violating its rules on participating in gambling or gambling-related activities. Along with teammate and fellow wide receiver Jameson Williams, Berryhill got the lesser punishment. Lions safety C.J. Moore and wide receiver Quitez Cephus, along with Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney, were suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games. The latter three players can’t petition for reinstatement again until after the 2023 season.
However, the players seemed to be more guilty of bad judgment, rather than anything outwardly malicious. At least according to a statement put forth by the National Football League.
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“A league review uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way,” the NFL stated in a press release.
The Lions initially decided to keep Berryhill and Williams, the former Heisman Trophy winner and their number-one pick in 2021. However, the time finally ran out on Berryhill this week, as GM Brad Holmes decided to make some roster moves. The former Arizona Wildcat was given his walking papers by Detroit.
Berryhill played 34 special teams snaps and six offensive snaps for the Lions in 2022. He signed to several practice squads last offseason before staying on the Lions roster. Detroit also announced that cornerback Mac McCain and defensive lineman Demetrius Taylor were released Tuesday.
The Lions (9-8 in 2022) have made vast improvements under head coach Dan Campbell, and the team is being picked by many to be a playoff contender in 2023. With his upcoming suspension added to his lack of regular rotationswithin the offense, Berryhill appeared to be lost in the shuffle in Detroit.
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