Antonio Brown faces fine and jail time for faking vaccination
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio brown could have violated federal laws by obtaining a fake COVID-19 vaccination card, and could face a fine and / or up to five years in prison, according to the FBI.
Brown has been accused by his former home boss of obtaining a fake COVID-19 vaccine card to circumvent NFL health and safety protocols this season.
Chef Steven Ruiz decided to stop working for Brown after the two couldn’t agree on a $ 10,000 debt that Ruiz claims Brown owes him.
According to the FBI website, the use of a fake COVID-19 vaccination card is “unauthorized use of a government agency seal” and a violation of federal law.
And according to Bridget Patton, public affairs specialist for the FBI’s Kansas City division, Brown could face a fine and / or up to five years in prison.
Text messages published in U.S. media allegedly shows Brown’s girlfriend Cydney Moreau asking Ruiz if he could get a fake COVID-19 vaccination card for Brown. Ruiz said he was unable to do so, but claims he learned later Brown got a fake vaccine card elsewhere a few days before training camp. He claims to have seen the card himself.
‘It’s not a story,’ says Buccaneers coach
The buccaneer trainer Bruce ariens said on Friday he had no reason to believe wide receiver Antonio Brown had obtained a fake COVID-19 vaccination card and that the team had done their due diligence in checking players’ vaccination cards , according to ESPN.
“None at all,” Arians said. “We’ve been doing our due diligence. The league will do theirs. The statement says it all. I really don’t think that’s a story, and it has nothing to do with the Giants game.”
Lawyer, team denies Brown’s vax card is fake
Brown’s attorney, Sean Burstyn, has released several statements in response to the allegations. Burstyn says Brown is vaccinated and noted the wide receptor would be ready to get a reminder “live on TV” if it was necessary.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers issued a statement Thursday saying the entire team was vaccinated.
Brown’s status for this weekend’s game against the Washington soccer team has yet to be determined due to an ankle injury he sustained in Week 6.