Supporters of legalizing sports betting in New Jersey are questioning whether judge, Michael Shipp, the judge who granted a temporary restraining order preventing New Jersey from legalizing sports gambling in the state may have a conflict of interest.
Judge Michael Shipp is the brother of former NFL running back Marcel Shipp, who played for the Cardinals from 2001 to 2007 and has expressed interest in coaching in the NFL.
This calls into question the partiality of his brother, according to State Sen. Raymond Lesniak who told the told the Asbury Park Press that Judge Shipp should dismiss himself from the sports gambling case because of “a strong appearance of a conflict of interest that could compromise Judge Shipp’s ability to make an objective decision.’’
No one is accusing Judge Shipp of any wrong doing but are wondering whether his impartiality will be questioned at a later date.
The NFL has always been opposed to any expansion into sports gambling, and Judge Shipp’s ruling was a victory for them.
On the other hand, supporters of nfl football betting would like to see a new judge preside over the case and are using his brother’s connections to the NFL to suggest he may be biased.