Antonio Brown's attorney, Sean Burstyn, reaffirmed that the Tampa Bay star is vaccinated, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
“Be like Antonio brown and get the vaccine," Burstyn told Rapoport.
However, per The Athletic's Greg Auman, the attorney did not have documentation present to confirm this statement. Burstyn told ESPN's Jenna Laine, “If Antonio’s doctors and the guidelines require a booster shot, then at that time, he’ll be happy to do it live on TV and everyone can come watch.”
This comes after a report that a former live-in chef for the wide receiver accused him of obtaining a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. The chef, Steven Ruiz, shared text message conversations he had with Brown's girlfriend, Cydney Moreau, with the Tampa Bay Times.
Moreau, however, denies knowing or being in communication with Ruiz, though the Times says it confirmed that the phone number used in the conversation belongs to her.
It is not clear whether Brown submitted a fake vaccination card to Tampa Bay; however, the franchise released a statement, saying, "After an extensive educational process conducted throughout our organization this past offseason highlighting the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines, we received completed vaccination cards from all Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and submitted the required information to the NFL through the established process in accordance with league policy.
"All vaccination cards were reviewed by Buccaneers personnel and no irregularities were found."
As ESPN's Adam Schefter highlighted, "Any attempt by team personnel or players to use a forged or fake vaccination card would be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. It also would be a federal criminal offense."
Earlier this season, Brown missed the team's Week 3 loss to the Rams after a positive COVID-19 test. He was subject to the full 10-day period after the test; however, vaccinated players can be cleared more quickly if they test negative twice in a 24-hour period.
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