Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams spoke to the media on Thursday about his six-game playing suspension.
The Detroit Lions entered this offseason with high expectations after narrowly missing out on a playoff spot. Now, they are favorites to win the NFC North.
However, it has come to the notice of the Lions and the NFL world that several players have been suspended for violating the league’s betting policy. Wide receiver and 2022 first-round pick Jameson Williams was one of them and will miss the first six games of the teacup season.
With the Lions’ OTAs beginning this week, reporters gathered around Williams after Thursday’s practice to ask him about his suspension. As Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press points out, the wide receiver answered all questions about his suspension and did not disrupt his session.
Jameson Williams spent just 10 minutes with reporters after practice. Said he was ill when he first learned of his suspension, determined to be the player he always was when he came on the field. Good on him for taking all the questions and not cutting that session short.
—Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) May 25, 2023
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As Birkett noted in his tweet, Williams said he was “sickened” when he learned he was being suspended for violating the league’s gambling policy and claimed he was “sick” of the gambling policy. were ignorant”.
“It hit me out of nowhere, and it hit some other players in the league and my team out of nowhere,” Williams said. h/t Detroit Free Press. “I wasn’t aware of the situation but as it happened, as I said, I took it on the chin, I was ready to move on as things progressed and I got results from it, so my whole plan going forward Was… looking at things and only on the best days.
The wide receiver is not appealing the suspension, saying he wanted to move on. Williams told reporters: “I’m not a player, I’m a football player.”
Williams and fellow wide receiver Stanley Berryhill were suspended six games for gambling at team facilities on non-NFL games, while safety CJ Moore and wide receiver Quintz Cephus were suspended indefinitely for gambling on NFL games. was given. The team left Berryhill, Moore and Cephus.
The Lions traded for Williams in the first round of the NFL Draft to select Williams, who made a name for himself at Alabama for his speed. But in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Williams suffered a torn ACL that meant he would not be ready to start his rookie season.
Williams made his team debut in Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The following week against the Minnesota Vikings, he recorded his first career touchdown on his first career reception. It would be his only catch of the season on nine goals.
The second-year wide receiver will be able to train this offseason and participate in the preseason, but will have to serve his suspension once the regular season begins. He will be able to make his season debut in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens (Oct. 22).