Antonio Brown is a mess.
The NFL has decided that AB submitted a fake vaccine card to the league, and he was suspended three games for it. But now his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and head coach Bruce Arians don’t know if Brown will remain with the team.
On Thin Tampa Bay Ice
“Nothing’s been decided,” Arians said to the media. He also revealed that he was “pissed” about the situation.
After the debacle, Arians specifically told reporters that Brown is not guaranteed a future spot on the Bucs’ roster.
NFL: “This a real vaccination card?”
Antonio Brown: pic.twitter.com/IZIKJ0oaNq
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) December 2, 2021
“The league did their due diligence and we move on,” Arians said. “I will not address those guys for the next three weeks. They’ll just be working out, and then we’ll address their future at that time. Other than that, there’s really nothing to say.”
Still In Denial
However, through his attorney, Brown denied the claims. The issues all started when Brown’s chef outed his alleged request for a fraudulent vaccine card via his girlfriend.
Once the NFL reviewed, they announced Thursday they found evidence that supported the chef’s accusations.
Antonio Brown… pic.twitter.com/GqirlncKGf
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) December 2, 2021
Brown’s attorney, Sean Burstyn, released a statement claiming that the 33-year-old Brown was indeed vaccinated. He also contends that Brown did have the correct paperwork.
“Be like Antonio Brown and get the vaccine,” Burstyn said in the statement.
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However, the league clapped back in Thursday’s statement that the investigation found Brown did “misrepresent” his vaccine status. It also explained that their examination supported the accusations made by Brown’s personal chef.
Breaking: The NFL announced Antonio Brown has been suspended without pay for the next three games for violating the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols. pic.twitter.com/wCSM2l6fJb
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 2, 2021
In addition, the league said that Brown “accepted the discipline” for the three games suspension and revealed that he would not appeal.
Trust The Chef
Last month, Brown’s chef, Steven Ruiz, claimed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star had sought and then obtained the false vax paperwork back in July.
However, Brown has been adamant that Ruiz is lying.
Now that the NFL has ruled that the chef was being truthful about his fake vaccine card accusations, according to reports, he plans to hit Brown with a lawsuit.
3 game checks — tens of thousands (I don’t feel like calculating)
Money Antonio Brown owed the chef who snitched on his vaccine status — $10,000
Vaccine — free
That math is mathin’
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) December 2, 2021
The chef contends that Brown still owes him $10,000 for chef services that he never paid for. Ruiz claims he cooked for Brown regularly during the past year, but he flaked on paying the bill.
“The game plan now is to file a lawsuit and take it from there,” Ruiz said to TMZ Sports. “People provide a service and you’ve got to pay for it. That’s it.”
However, Brown is not alone with the falsified paperwork.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards and former Tampa Bay receiver and current free agent John Franklin III were also hit with a three-game suspension for “misrepresenting” their vaccine statuses.
Tampa Bay Bucs’ Antonio Brown and Mike Edwards have both been suspended without pay for three games because they misrepresented their vaccination status as defined by the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols pic.twitter.com/8TVfyuEHo2
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 2, 2021
Additionally, Arians said Edwards’ future status with the Bucs is also uncertain. Brown and Edwards won’t be able to return to the field again for the Bucs until their game against the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 26.
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AB vs. AB
Brown was doing great in Tampa Bay with future Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady. Since October he scored four receiving touchdowns in five games but recently had been out of the Buccaneers lineup.
Gods Grace is bigger than anything you face !
— AB (@AB84) December 1, 2021
Brown had been dealing with an ankle injury, but nothing is more injured than his decision-making ability.
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