Malik Nabers, Jayden Daniels call off $10,000 rookie of the year bet

LSU teammates Malik Nabers and Jayden Daniels made a $10,000 bet on which would be the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. After learning more about the NFL’s gambling policies, they called off that bet.

Nabers, who went to the Giants with the sixth overall pick in the draft, told reporters today that he had been “briefed” about sports betting and that he and Daniels agreed that the bet was canceled. Daniels joined the Commanders with the second overall pick and is now Nabers’ rival in the NFC East, as well as having close ties.

It’s not clear who “educated” Nabers, but revising playing policies is part of the league-wide rookie minicamp agenda, and it’s safe to say the NFL is letting Nabers know, Daniels and other rookies that the league’s gambling policies must be taken seriously. , and that the consequences aren’t worth it, even for what they both thought was just a friendly bet.

There is a flaw in the rules of the game this could undoubtedly have allowed Nabers and Daniels to make the gamble before being drafted. After all, before joining the league, they are not subject to the league’s playing rules. But Nabers and Daniels decided they would rather abandon the bet than pursue this defense.

The NFL has embraced legalized gambling because it increases interest in the games, but there are real problems with gambling, and one of them is that players are often unsure of precisely what is allowed and what is not allowed. is not. Nabers and Daniels didn’t realize at the time they agreed on the bet that it could put them in a sticky situation with the league. Now they know it.

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