Jets assistant Miles Austin suspended for the game, pending appeal
New York Jets Wide receivers coach Miles Austin has been suspended for at least a year, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Rich Cimini for violating the NFL’s gambling policy.
The NFL released a statement Friday confirming that Austin has been suspended and has appealed.
“The league will have no further comment until this appeal is resolved,” the NFL statement said.
Austin must serve any suspension before applying for reinstatement, a source told ESPN.
The NFL has been investigating Austin for some time, a source told ESPN, after learning that he violated the NFL’s employee gambling policy in sports — not NFL games or college football.
Austin’s attorney and agent, William P. Deni Jr., told multiple media outlets that Austin did not place bets on NFL games.
“The NFL suspended Miles Austin for betting on table games and non-NFL professional sports from a legitimate mobile account,” Deni said. “Miles did not place a bet on any NFL game in violation of the NFL’s Employee Wagering Policy. He has cooperated fully with the NFL’s investigation. He is appealing his suspension.”
Under the NFL’s gaming policy, all coaches are prohibited from officiating any sports, not just football.
“All non-player NFL employees are prohibited from making, soliciting or facilitating any other professional (eg NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, USTA, MLS), collegiate (eg NCAA basketball), international (eg NCAA basketball) betting. World Baseball Classic, World Cup), or Olympic sports competition, tournament or event,” the policy states.
Austin was also engaged in online gambling at the team’s facility, which is also against NFL rules.
The league tracked his game activity on a website, a source told ESPN.
Austin has not been at the Jets’ facility since Tuesday, a source told ESPN.
Austin played mostly in the NFL from 2006 to 2015 Dallas Cowboys. He was originally an undrafted free agent, and finished his career with 361 catches for 5,273 yards. He was selected to two Pro Bowls.
Austin, 38, was brought in as the coach’s offensive quality control coach San Francisco 49ers in 2019 He joined the Jets in 2021 as a member of Robert Saleh’s coaching staff.
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