- Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Antonio Brown is being accused of obtaining and using a counterfeit Covid-19 vaccination card.
- The allegation was made by the wide receiver’s former live-in chef, Steven Ruiz.
- Ruiz told the Tampa Bay Times that he’s speaking out after the two had a falling out over an unpaid $10,000 in services.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Antonio Brown was accused of obtaining a fake COVID-19 vaccination card prior to training camp, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday. The allegation was made by the wide receiver’s former live-in chef, Steven Ruiz.
Ruiz, who owns Taste ThatLA, told the Times that he’s speaking out about Brown’s alleged actions after the two had a falling out over an unpaid $10,000 in services.
According to the chef, Brown directed his girlfriend, model Cydney Moreau, to ask him to seek out a fake Johnson & Johnson vaccination card for him. The report included a photo of an alleged text exchange between Ruiz and Moreau.Brown’s girlfriend told the chef that “AB” would pay him $500 for the counterfeit J&J card.
Ruiz also alleged that he wasn’t able to secure the card for Brown, but that the NFL player claimed to have bought one for himself and Moreau a few weeks later.
Moreau denied the allegations to the Times and also said she didn’t know Ruiz. The outlet reported that it confirmed the number involved in the texts as belonging to Moreau. Brown’s lawyer, Sean Burstyn, also disputed the claims and said his client is fully vaccinated.
Burstyn told ESPN that if Brown requires a booster shot then he would do it on live television if necessary.
Brown missed Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams after testing positive for COVID.
In training camp, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians announced that the team was 100 percent vaccinated — including all players, coaches and team personnel. The Bucs responded to the Times’ report with a statement Thursday suggesting that they had found “no irregularities” in Brown’s documentation.
The NFL said Thursday that it is aware of the report and is now investigating the claims made against Brown. Under the current protocols, the first line of responsibility for confirming a player’s vaccination status falls on the team. However, if a player is found to have provided a fake vaccination card to his team, that conduct would fall under the league’s personal conduct policy and make them subject to fines or a suspension.
Source: Yahoo! News