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NFL to fine players who participated in arm wrestling event at Las Vegas casino: report

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Dozens of NFL players who participated in a Las Vegas arm wrestling event over the weekend will be subject to a fine after the league determined they violated its gambling policy, according to NFL.com.

The four-day Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship was deemed off limits to players after it wrapped up on Sunday at the MGM Hotel and Casino. League policy dictates that NFL personnel are prohibited from making promotional appearances at casinos.

Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, told USA Today that “no one sought pre-approval” to attend. Those players included Steelers LB James Harrison and C Maurkice Pouncey, Dolphins WR Kenny Stills, 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman, Raiders P Marquette King and DE Mario Edwards, and Patriots S Patrick Chung.

The specific amount of the fines was not disclosed.

NFL to fine players who participated in arm wrestling event at Las Vegas casino: report

The event, which will air on CBS in May and June, awarded $100,000 as its first place prize, half of which will go to charity in the players’ names, per USA Today.

Marshawn Lynch, who has hinted at returning to the NFL with the Raiders, was also a participant in the event, but won’t be fined because of his current status as a retired player.

The league will likely face further decisions regarding player violations under its gambling policy when the Raiders move to Vegas in the next several years.

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