Antonio Brown could be beneath fire just after his previous stay-in chef has accused the Buccaneers receiver of getting a pretend COVID-19 vaccine card to bypass the NFL’s well being and safety protocols this season.
In accordance to the Tampa Bay Situations, Brown’s girlfriend questioned to spend the chef to obtain the fake Johnson & Johnson card for him.
An alleged screenshot of textual content messages from Brown’s girlfriend, model Cydney Moreau, to Los Angeles chef Steven Ruiz on July 2 also information the alleged arrangement between the two:
The text thread does not reference Brown by name, alternatively “AB,” which is a well-known nickname of his. As Ruiz describes it, Brown needed to get a fake card for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since it’s a one shot and hence would require much less paperwork. Although Ruiz explained he could not get the bogus playing cards for Brown and Moreau, he cites that a handful of months afterwards, Brown showed him ones he acquired elsewhere for himself and Moreau. This was reportedly correct right before the Buccaneers had to report for training camp.
Brown’s own trainer Alex Guerrero allegedly took a picture of the fake vaccine card that same evening to mark him as one of the vaccinated players.
As for why Ruiz is coming ahead with these allegations now, he promises Brown owes him and his meals corporation $10,000 just after not getting paid for his services. Considering he would not have more than enough revenue to use an legal professional to sue Brown for his debt, Ruiz achieved out to Kevin Blatt, who has develop into properly recognised for offering stories to tabloids. He is credited with releasing Paris Hilton’s intercourse tape in 2003.
Blatt allegedly then contacted the Bucs’ chief lawful officer Dan Malasky and instructed him the tale.
The Buccaneers instantly resolved the Situations report on Thursday afternoon, declaring “no irregularities had been observed”:
“After an considerable educational method done during our business this previous offseason highlighting the advantages of the COVID-19 vaccines,” reads the assertion, “we acquired accomplished vaccination playing cards from all Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and submitted the required details to the NFL by the founded system in accordance with league policy. All vaccination cards have been reviewed by Buccaneers personnel and no irregularities were being noticed.”
At the commencing of the period, the Buccaneers claimed to be a “100 percent vaccinated” workforce, per the Instances, while Brown was just one of the few players on the staff to overlook a activity because of to contracting COVID-19.