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 wide receiver John Franklin III were also suspended by the NFL on Thursday, and the two players are not eligible to play for the next three weeks. All three players have accepted the discipline and they will not appeal.
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The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement on Thursday.
“The health and safety of players and staff is our top priority,” the statement said. “The protocols have been developed jointly with our respective experts to ensure that we practice and play football in the safest way possible during the current pandemic. The NFL-NFLPA jointly strengthens its commitment and further emphasizes the importance of strict adherence to protocols to protect the well-being of all those associated with the NFL. “
The Buccaneers also released a statement regarding the situation.
“We appreciate the league’s prompt handling of this matter and recognize the importance of the health and safety protocols that have been established. We will continue to implement all of the league’s COVID-19 protocols, ”the Buccaneers statement said.
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At mid-november, The Tampa Bay Times reported that Brown was accused by his former home boss of acquiring a fake COVID-19 vaccination card so he could bypass NFL protocols.
Brown and Los Angeles boss Steven Ruiz fell out after the superstar wide receiver failed to pay a debt. Ruiz, who owns “Taste ThatLA”, claimed Brown owed him $ 10,000.
In July, Ruiz said he was unable to secure a fake card for Brown. Weeks later, Ruiz said, Brown showed up with fake vaccination cards he bought for himself and his girlfriend, model Cydney Moreau. According to the chef, the cards were on Brown’s dining table just days before the team’s training camp started.
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That night Alex Guerrero, personal trainer and co-founder of the TB12 Method with quarterback Tom Brady, visited Brown’s to help him recover from knee surgery. Ruiz said Guerrero took a photo of Brown’s vaccination card so he could help the organization document the list of vaccinated players. Ruiz, however, said he believed Guerrero was unaware the card was fake.
Brown injured his foot in a Thursday night football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 14 and hasn’t played since.