NFL suspends former Ole Miss DB CJ Moore for gambling

DB CJ Moore

Due to an indeterminate ban, former Ole Miss safety CJ Moore will sit out the entire 2023 NFL season.

Former DB CJ Moore
Former DB CJ Moore

CJ Moore, a former Ole Miss safety, made news early on Friday for all the wrong reasons.

Following an inquiry by the NFL, five players were punished for breaking the league’s gambling rules, including Moore and three other Detroit Lions. Quintez Cephus, a receiver, Shaka Toney, a defensive lineman for the Washington Commanders, and Moore were all given extended suspensions.

Jameson Williams, a receiver with the Lions who was drafted in the first round, and Stanley Berryhill, a second-year receiver, both received six-game bans for regular-season contests for mobile wagering on contests that took place at the Lions’ Allen Park complex. Due to the fact that Williams and Berryhill’s wagers were on non-NFL games, they did not face permanent sanctions.

Following the announcement, the Lions dismissed Moore and Cephus on Friday morning. After the 2023 season is over, both players may submit an application for reinstatement.

In a statement, Lions Executive Vice President and General Manager Brad Holmes claimed that “these players exhibited decision-making that is not consistent with our organizational values and violates league rules.” “We have decided to immediately break ways with Quintez and C.J. We are disappointed in Stanley and Jameson’s decision-making, and we will work with them both to make sure they comprehend the seriousness of these infractions and the league regulations going forward.

Moore, a two-year Rebels starter, participated in 42 games over the course of his four seasons at Oxford. From 2014 to 2018, he had 96 tackles, 11 pass deflections, and 4 interceptions.

Moore joined the Lions after going undrafted in 2019 and played three seasons on the active roster. His greatest season was in 2021, when he played in 17 games and finished with a career-high 22 tackles and an interception.

Moore was released by Detroit before the start of the regular season, but a month later, the Houston Texans practice squad re-signed him. The 27-year-old signed a two-year deal this summer to play for the Lions through the 2024 campaign.

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