Antonio Brown suspended for misrepresenting vaccination status
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown was recently accused of lying to the NFL about his vaccination status, and the league has determined that the allegation was true.

The NFL announced on Thursday that Brown and two other players — Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards and free agent wide receiver John Franklin III — have been suspended three games for violating COVID-19 protocols. A joint NFLPA-NFL review determined that the players misrepresented their vaccination status.

Here’s the full press release:

As the release stated, all three players accepted the punishment and will not appeal.

Brown’s former personal chef, Steven Ruiz, claimed last month that Brown purchased a fake vaccination card prior to the season and turned it in to the Bucs and NFL. Brown’s attorney quickly disputed the allegation and said the star receiver is fully vaccinated. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was also quick to defend Brown.

A follow-up report claimed Brown offered his fake vaccine card hookup to others around the NFL.

Brown has 29 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns this season. He has not played since Oct. 14 due to an ankle injury.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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