Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has little question that star huge receiver Antonio Brown did not obtain a pretend COVID-19 vaccination card. Arians instructed reporters on Friday that his staff’s medical employees did its job in gathering correct participant vaccine playing cards.
Arians, who has additionally handled quite a few well being problems, additionally went on the Wealthy Eisen Present and stated “there isn’t a story” in the case of the newest developments regarding Brown.
“He says he’s vaccinated and he has a card similar to everyone else on our soccer staff,” Arians stated on the present. “There is a belief issue that goes together with it. We did our due diligence, the league will look into the matter and do their due diligence. It is actually no story.”
The Buccaneers launched a press release on Thursday saying that each one Buccaneers gamers “accomplished vaccination playing cards” and “submitted the required info to the NFL by means of the established course of in accordance with league coverage. All vaccination playing cards have been reviewed by Buccaneers personnel and no irregularities have been noticed.”
Information surfaced on Thursday that Brown’s former live-in chef, Steven Ruiz, accused Brown of acquiring the pretend card and shared textual content message conversations he had with Brown’s girlfriend—Cydney Moreau—with the Tampa Bay Times.
Within the messages, Moreau requested Ruiz if he might acquire the cardboard. “JNJ shot. Ab stated he would provide you with $500,” the textual content learn. Nonetheless, Moreau denied figuring out or having any communication with Ruiz, regardless of the Occasions confirming that the quantity used within the dialog belonged to her.
On Friday, Ruiz instructed ESPN that Brown obtained a pretend vaccination card from certainly one of his teammates. Nonetheless, Ruiz did not reveal the title of the Bucs’ participant.
“That participant came to visit to the home a number of instances,” Ruiz instructed ESPN. “He needed to get one other copy of (Moreau’s) vaccine card as a result of they obtained her birthday fallacious on the primary one.”
Ruiz stopped working for Brown and moved again to Los Angeles after a dispute over a $10,000 debt. He stated that he cares extra concerning the security of others than the cash.
“The cash is what it’s, I am not gonna stress about $10,000,” Ruiz told ESPN. “It is simply extra of a public security challenge that I needed to convey to gentle and shed the mendacity and dishonest that is going on behind the scenes on the Bucs.”
The NFL states that if any participant makes an attempt to make use of a solid or pretend COVID-19 vaccine card, it might be reviewed beneath the league’s private conduct coverage. It additionally might be dealt with as a federal felony offense.
Bridgett Patton, a public affairs specialist for the FBI Kansas Metropolis Division, instructed WFLA.com that Brown might face a tremendous and/or as much as 5 years in jail.
When Eisen requested Arians if he has introduced Brown in his workplace to see if he had a card, his response:
“No, however another person did…when the man offers me the cardboard, I’m good with it,” Arians stated. “I do not know the way this story obtained going apart from any person needed some cash.”
Earlier within the season, Brown obtained a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at, forcing him to overlook the Bucs’ sport towards the Rams in Week 3. Following his take a look at, per league protocol, he was topic to a full 10-day quarantine interval.
His standing for the Bucs’ sport towards Washington has but to be decided due to an ankle harm he suffered in Week 6.
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