Antonio Brown obtained fake COVID-19 vaccination card, former chef alleges

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was accused of obtaining a fake COVID-19 vaccination card, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Time fifth report that, according to Steven Ruiz, a former private chef for the wide receiver, Brown had his girlfriend, model Cydney Moreau, contact Ruiz over the summer for a fake vaccination card saying he had been Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. According to a text message provided by Ruiz, Moreau offered $500 for a fake card.

Ruiz said he was unable to obtain a fake card for Brown but a few weeks later the recipient widely showed him the cards he had for him and Moreau which he said he had purchased.

Brown is said to be reluctant to get the vaccine due to possible side effects. It is not clear if Brown received a shot after that.

In response to the Times story, the Buccaneers released a statement saying they had “received complete immunization cards from all Tampa Bay Buccaneers players.”

“All vaccination cards were reviewed by Buccaneers staff and no abnormalities were noted,” the team said.

Brown’s attorney Sean Burstyn denied Ruiz’s claims in a statement to the Times.

“Antonio Brown appreciates the severity of the pandemic, that’s why he’s vaccinated and advocates for everyone to get vaccinated,” Burstyn texted the newspaper. “Coronavirus hit near home when it took him out of a game. He’s healthy, vaccinated and ready to win another Super Bowl.

“One of the worst parts of the pandemic has been the movement to cast doubt on our country’s vaccination programs with baseless, hate-filled tabloid rumors.”

Moreau also told the Times she did not know Ruiz and denied his allegations.

Brown missed the Buccaneers’ week 3 loss first Los Angeles Rams after testing positive for COVID-19 four days before the match. He was activated the following week but has since missed the past three games because of an ankle injury.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Times that any attempt to use a fake vaccine tag could result in disciplinary action under the league’s personal conduct policy. Brown can also face legal problems if a fake card is used.

Ruiz made the allegations public after Brown failed to pay the $10,000 owed to him.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32662241/antonio-brown-obtained-fake-covid-19-vaccination-card-former-chef-alleges Antonio Brown obtained fake COVID-19 vaccination card, former chef alleges

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