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The NFL is looking into “The Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship” that took place between April 5 and April 9 of this year.
At the event, there were over 30 current and former NFL players including retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King and Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. among others, per USA Today Sports.
One other notable player under investigation is Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison, according to Steelers Wire, who has a storied (albeit dated) history of butting heads with the league.
The NFL was not happy with the decision of the players to attend and compete in the event.
“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, the NFL’s executive vice president for communications and public affairs, told USA TODAY Sports. “No one sought pre-approval,” Lockhart concluded.
The event took place at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. The league, which voted in favor of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, have long since wanted to segregate themselves from any association with gambling making the reaction understandable on the surface.
More news to come as the investigation develops.