Jets Wide Receiver Coach Miles Austin Will Appeal One-Year Suspension

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Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Miles Austin (19) catches a pass as Indianapolis Colts defensive back Chance Casey (6) defends during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL player and current wide receivers coach for the New York Jets Miles Austin has been suspended by the NFL for at least one year for mobile gambling.

The NFL made an official announcement on the matter on Friday. Austin will appeal the suspension.

Austin has to serve some portion of the suspension to qualify for a future reinstatement.

The NFL had been investigating Austin for a while and discovered he was betting on table games. Even though Austin was not gambling on college football or NFL games, his conduct still violates the NFL’s personnel gambling policy, according to the league. Austin also allegedly gambled while in the Jets facility, which is also a violation of league rules.

Austin’s attorney William P. Deni reiterated that Austin was not betting on NFL games and he believes it was therefore not a violation of the league’s policy, an argument he plans to raise on appeal.

“The NFL suspended Miles Austin for wagering from a legal mobile account on table games and non-NFL professional sports,” Deni said. “Miles did not wager on any NFL game in violation of the Gambling Policy for NFL Personnel. He has been fully cooperative with the NFL’s investigation. He is appealing his suspension.”

The NFL rules state the following:

“All NFL Personnel other than Players are further prohibited from placing, soliciting, or facilitating bets on any other professional (e.g., NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, USTA, MLS), college (e.g., NCAA basketball), international (e.g., World Baseball Classic, World Cup), or Olympic sports competition, tournament or event,” the policy states.”

Austin has been away from the team since Tuesday.

Austin went undrafted out of Monmouth in 2006.  He spent eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys including three postseason appearances. He then spent one season with the Cleveland Browns and one with the Philadelphia Eagles. He went to two pro bowls in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010. Following his retirement, he became a pro and college scouting intern for the Cowboys from 2017-2018. He was an offensive quality control coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2019 and he has been the wide receivers coach for the Jets for the last two seasons. 

The Jets are currently 7-8 and are sitting outside of the playoffs. They have lost four in a row but are only one game behind the Miami Dolphins for the 7th and last seed to get into the playoffs. They will be in Seattle playing the Seahawks on January 1st.

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