He will be banned from 10 games, the remainder of the home away away season, and suspended for a further 12 as well as a $20,000 fine.
The harshness of the penalty is a warning from the league, enforcing their rules and showing that they have a zero tolerance towards the issue.
And so we’ve taken a look at other examples when sporting stars bet on their own team.
How does Stephenson’s compare to the following five cases?
5. Paul Hornung (NFL)
The former league MVP and star halfback for the Greenbay Packers was suspended for one-year in 1963 for betting on NFL and college football games. He claimed he was only better 50 to 100 dollars a game with friends, but NFL commissioner at the time, Pete Rozelle, banned him on the principle of the action.
“This sport (NFL) has grown so quickly and gained so much of the approval of the American public that the only way it can be hurt is through gambling. I considered this in reaching my decision,” said Rozelle.
The NFL handed down multiple suspensions to other players that same year. Rozelle was later awarded the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award in that year for his actions on sports gambling.