The NFL might have sanctioned the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas but that doesn’t mean it’s happy because of its players to hang out in casinos, even for arm-wrestling contests.
LA Rams’ Jamon Brown squares off against Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Howard Jones at the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship at the MGM Grand but are they about getting strong-armed by the NFL for engaging in casino activities that are promotional?
Over 30 players, including Maurkice Pouncey, Mychal Kendricks, Navarro Bowman, Kenny Stills, and Marquette King, may find themselves in hot water for competing in the inaugural ‘Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship’ at the MGM Grand over the weekend.
The event had been co-hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and former operating back Marshawn Lynch, a made-for-TV deal that is scheduled to be broadcast on CBS on May 27 28.
But according to NFL policy, players are not permitted to ‘promote casino activities,’ which includes attending casinos as part of promotional activities, unless they look for pre-approval, which, according to the NFL, is exactly what everyone apparently forgot to do.
‘Had we been asked in advance if this ended up being appropriate, we would have indicated that it was in direct breach associated with the gambling policy,’ Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s VP for communications and affairs that are public told USA TODAY Sports. ‘No one sought pre-approval.’