The NFL is reportedly investigating allegations against Antonio Brown that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver was searching for fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown in action during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, October 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. AP Photo / Matt Rourke
“We are aware of the report and have contacted the club. We will look into the matter,” said Brian McCarthy, vice president of communications for the NFL said CNN in response to that Allegations in the Tampa Bay Times by Brown’s former head chef, Steven Ruiz.
Ruiz claims Brown’s friend Cydney Moreau reached out to him and said Brown was willing to pay $ 500 for a Johnson & Johnson vaccination card. The Times shows a screenshot of the text exchange that does not refer to Brown by name, but refers to “AB”.
The Times notes that Ruiz was unable to get the vaccination cards, but Ruiz claims Brown showed him the cards he received weeks later for himself and Moreau.
Ruiz also told the newspaper that Brown owed him $ 10,000 in uncollected debt.
Brown’s attorney Sean Burstyn told CNN a statement saying Brown was “healthy and vaccinated.”
“Antonio Brown appreciates the severity of the pandemic, which is why he got the vaccine and supports anyone who is advised to get the vaccine,” said Burstyn.
“Coronavirus settled near his home when it took him out of a game. He’s healthy, vaccinated and ready to win another Super Bowl,” added Burstyn.
The Buccaneers released a statement Thursday night saying they had received vaccination cards from all of the players and “provided the NFL with the necessary information about the established process in accordance with league guidelines”.
“All vaccination cards were checked by Buccaneers employees and no irregularities were found,” the statement said.
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