Five National Football League players fined over Vegas casino arm wrestling saga

  • NFL take hard line on players who took part in the arm wrestling championship
  • Fine signals that NFL isn’t going to soften its stance on gambling any time soon

James Harrison, Marquette King, Patrick Chung, NaVorro Bowman and Kenny Stills have been fined by the National Football League for taking part in an arm wrestling competition.

We previously reported that the competition took place in a Vegas casino, pitted the pro-football players against each other in an arm wrestling championship.

Participation in such events is outlawed by the NFL and the offending players have promptly received their punishment for their antics.

NFL responds quickly

Speaking to USA today, Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s Vice President for Communications stated that he had not been consulted before the event was announced and that the NFL prohibits any player appearing in a casino for purposes of a promotional event. Lockhart went on to warn any players who chose to take part that they would be on the receiving end of disciplinary action.

Pro-Football arm wrestling championship

The championship, which was organised without the consent or permission of the NFL, was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The league has always had an anti-gambling policy and has extended that to the players, permitting them from taking part in such events, so it should come as no surprise that the group of current players who attended the event have been fined.

Five players fined

The amount each player will be fined has yet to be disclosed and on player who was at the event who looks set to escape the fine is Marshawn Lynch. Just last week he stated that he wants to come out of retirement in order to play for the Oakland Raiders, since he is officially retired at the moment, however, his attendance at the event is outside the NFL’s remit, meaning he cannot be fined.

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