Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

NFL Looking Into Las Vegas Arm Wrestling Event Featuring NFL Players

NFL Looking Into Las Vegas Arm Wrestling Event Featuring NFL Players

The players involved reportedly could face fines for violating the league's gambling policy.

This latest occurrence will certainly cause the National Football League to receive some criticism, considering the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas in just a few years. After the news of the Raiders move broke, a Nevada brothel owner announced he was opening a Raiders-themed "sex palace" with player discounts.

The tournament was hosted at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The event was cancelled, then was cancelled again past year, with organizers again saying the league pressured them into the cancellation - despite the event moving to Pasadena, California in 2016.

NFL VP of communications Joe Lockhart said none of the players asked in advance about taking part in the event.

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The league's stance is that besides games of chance, casinos in Las Vegas also have legal bookies that accept bets on sporting events.

Marshawn Lynch is among the players who could be disciplined. The event was littered with other National Football League players, including a strong showing by several soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders (punter Marquette King, running back Jalen Richard), with irony so thick you could cut it with a knife.

The league's gambling policy states that NFL players are not allowed to participate a promotional events at casinos.

The USA Today report names a few of the players involved in the event, including Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills.

That probe was more personal for Harrison, who was cleared by the NFL before the regular season but clearly felt the league had no right to force interviews over a report debunked by the story's primary source.

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