NFL Suspends Antonio Brown From Bucs For Lying About Vaccine Status

NFL suspends Antonio Brown and Mike Edwards from Bucs for three games without pay for lying about their COVID-19 vaccination status: Brown’s personal chef claims he was pressured to buy recipient a fake vaccine card

After reportedly trying to pay his personal chef for a fake COVID-19 vaccine card in an attempt to circumvent the NFL’s pandemic protocols, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was banned from three games on Thursday. without payment for misrepresenting his vaccine status.

Brown’s Tampa Bay teammate, Safety Mike Edwards, and free agent John Franklin III, a former Buccaneers receiver, were also banned three games apiece. Franklin will have to face that suspension if a team signs him.

All three suspensions are effective immediately and the players have waived their right of appeal.

Brown, Edwards, and Franklin were all represented by the NFL Players Association to review the recent allegations, which were not specified in the NFL’s press release, except to say they misrepresented “their vaccination status under the NFL-NFLPA.” COVID-19 protocols. ‘

A later review supported the allegations.

“The health and safety of players and staff is our top priority,” the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement. “The protocols have been developed together with our respective experts to ensure that we play soccer and football as safely as possible during the ongoing pandemic.

“The NFL-NFLPA collectively reinforce their commitment and further emphasize the importance of strict adherence to protocols to protect the well-being of everyone involved in the NFL.”

Brown was reportedly interested in paying his personal chef $500 for a fake COVID-19 vaccination card so he could circumvent the league’s rules for unvaccinated players.

Brown’s girlfriend texted Los Angeles chef Steven Ruiz and asked for a fake card — a violation of federal law — on July 2.

“Can you get the COVID cards?” early model Cydney Moreau. “I can try,” Ruiz replied.

‘JNJ fired. Ab said he’d give you $500,” Moreau added, preferring a card claiming Brown had received the one-time Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Ruiz took care of the text exchange at the Tampa Bay Times, who verified the phone numbers after he got into an argument with the NFL player over an unpaid $10,000 debt.

The Bucs say Brown’s card passed and showed no irregularities. However, the player has received numerous lawsuits for failing to pay his staff.