New York Jets wide receiver coach Miles Austin III has been suspended for violating the league’s gambling policy, according to multiple media reports.
The news broke Friday evening, less than 24 hours after the Jets suffered a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Austin, 38, was not on with the team for the Thursday night game.
According to ESPN, Austin’s suspension is at least for one year, but the former player is appealing the decision.
Nike Garafolo with the NFL Network tweeted a statement from Austin’s attorney Bill Deni that indicated the suspension was the result of “wagering from a legal mobile account on table games and non-NFL professional sports.” While Austin appeals, Deni said his client is “fully” cooperating with the league’s investigation.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 23, 2022
Casino.org has learned that Austin will not resume coaching duties while he appeals.
According to his team bio, Austin joined coach Robert Saleh’s staff as the receivers coach last season after serving as a quality control coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2019. Prior to that, he was a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.
Austin had a 10-year pro career and was a two-time Pro Bowl player before retiring after the 2015 season. He caught 361 passes for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Cowboys and single seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. His best season came in 2009 when he made 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 scores.
This story will be updated.
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