Antonio Brown has been charged with obtaining a fake COVID-19 card.
Antonio Brown is accused of obtaining a forged COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Steven Ruiz, a former personal chef for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Brandon Marshall, had his girlfriend, model Cydney Moreau, contact Ruiz over the summer to obtain a fake vaccination card.
Moreau allegedly offered (dollar)500 in exchange for a forged card.
Ruiz didn’t get Brown the card, but the wide receiver is said to have shown him the ones he bought for himself and Moreau.
Brown was hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to potential side effects.
Brown was most likely shot at a later time.
According to the New York Times, Ruiz confronted Brown after the wide receiver failed to pay him (dollar)10,000.
The Buccaneers have released a statement in response to the situation.
“We received completed vaccination cards from all Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and submitted the required information to the NFL through the established process in accordance with league policy,” the statement reads, according to Pro Football Talk. “After an extensive educational process conducted throughout our organization this past offseason highlighting the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines, we received completed vaccination cards from all Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and submitted the required information to the NFL through the established process in accordance with league policy,” the statement reads.
“Buccaneers personnel went over all of the vaccination cards and found no irregularities.”
Moreau told the New York Times that she didn’t know Ruiz and denied the accusation.
“If Antonio’s doctors and the guidelines require a booster shot, then at that time, he’ll be happy to do it live on TV and everyone can come watch,” Brown’s attorney, Sean Burstyn, told ESPN on Thursday.
The NFL, according to spokesperson Brian McCarthy, is “aware of the report and has been in contact with the club.”
Vaccinations are not required for NFL players.
If players are not vaccinated, they will be subjected to different protocols throughout the season and may be fined or suspended if they do not comply. Aaron Rodgers, Packers Hit With Fines in New COVID Violations Fallout
Earlier this year, Brown re-signed with the Buccaneers.
Brown has 418 yards and four touchdowns on 29 receptions through five games.
Last year, he joined the Buccaneers and helped them win the Super Bowl.
Brown caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season.
Brown spent his first nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the New England Patriots for one game in 2019.