Bucs' Antonio Brown suspended for 3 games following fake COVID-19 vaccine card scandal

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been suspended for the next three games for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

Bucs safety Mike Edwards and free agent receiver John Franklin III were also suspended by the NFL on Thursday, and both players are ineligible to play the next three weeks. All three players have accepted the discipline, and they will not appeal.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) heads for the end zone for a 62-yard touchdown reception against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.
(AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) celebrates his 62-yard touchdown reception with quarterback Tom Brady (12) against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. 
(AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

In mid-November, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Brown was accused by his former live-in chef of acquiring a fake COVID-19 vaccination card so that he could avoid NFL protocols. 

Brown and Los Angeles chef Steven Ruiz had a falling out after the superstar wide receiver failed to pay a debt. Ruiz, who is the owner of “Taste ThatLA,” claimed Brown owed him $10,000.

In July, Ruiz said he wasn’t able to get a fake card for Brown. A few weeks later, Ruiz said, Brown showed up with fake vaccination cards that he bought for himself and his girlfriend, model Cydney Moreau. According to the chef, the cards were on Brown’s dining room table just days before the team’s training camp was set to begin.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) tries to elude New England Patriots cornerback Jalen Mills (2) Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass.
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

That night, Alex Guerrero, a personal trainer and co-founder of the TB12 method with quarterback Tom Brady, went over to Brown’s house to help him recover from knee surgery. Ruiz said Guerrero took a picture of Brown’s vaccination card so he could help the organization document the list of vaccinated players. Ruiz, however, said that he thinks Guerrero was unaware that the card was fake.

Brown suffered a foot injury during a Thursday Night Football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 14 and hasn’t played since.

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