The NFL launched an investigation to see whether multiple players violated the league’s gambling policy for participating in an arm wrestling event in Las Vegas, USA Today reported Saturday.
Nearly three dozen NFL players were involved in the event that took place at the MGM Casino from April 5 to 9. The event is scheduled to air on CBS in May and June, the New York Daily News reported.
Some of the players that participated in the event were Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison and Maurkice Pouncey, Miami Dolphins’ Kenny Stills, San Francisco 49ers’ Navarro Bowman, Oakland Raiders’ Marquette King and Mario Edwards and New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung.
Rules state that NFL personnel are prohibited from making promotional appearances at casinos. Tony Romo had an issue in 2015 with sponsoring a fantasy football convention in Las Vegas.
“Had we been asked in advance if this was acceptable, we would have indicated that it was in direct violation of the gambling policy,” Joe Lockhart, and NFL league executive, told USA Today. “No one sought pre-approval.”
The grand prize was $100,000. Half of it was set to go to the charity of the winner’s choice.