NFL Gambling Rules Scare Malik Nabers, Jayden Daniels Away From Big Rookie Bet

Nov 4, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Malik Nabers (8) and quarterback Jayden Daniels (5).
Nov 4, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Malik Nabers (8) and quarterback Jayden Daniels (5). / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

A year ago, quarterback Jayden Daniels and wide receiver Malik Nabers were teammates on LSU. Now, the former Tigers are division rivals with Daniels on the Washington Commanders and Nabers on the New York Giants.

This week, Daniels and Nabers informed the world that they had spiced up their budding rivalry by betting $10,000 on which of them would better the other in voting for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Big mistake.

Both Daniels and Nabers appear to have been met with education on the NFL's gambling policies at their respective rookie minicamps.

Nabers specifically told reporters Friday afternoon that he had been "educated on sports gambling," while a report that Daniels would receive a similar talking-to appeared Thursday afternoon in The Washington Post.

The cancelled bet comes amid a climate of turbulence surrounding North American sports' full-throated embrace of gambling in recent years. This year alone, major betting scandals have rocked both MLB and the NBA.


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