TAMPA, Florida – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Friday he had no reason to believe a wide receiver. Antonio Brown He bought a fake COVID-19 vaccination card, and the team did their due diligence in checking player’s vaccination cards.
“Not at all,” Ariane said. “We’ve done our due diligence. The league will do its job. The statement says it all. I don’t really think it’s a story, and it has nothing to do with the Giants game.”
When it was argued that player health and safety impacts every game, considering that Brown missed the third week due to a positive COVID-19 test, Arians quipped, “No, it’s not like that. It has nothing to do with the Giants game.”
On Thursday, in an article in the Tampa Bay Times, Brown’s former chef, Stephen Ruiz, who also took on the role of personal assistant, accused Brown of obtaining a fake vaccine card, after Brown’s friend, Sidney, asked her. Moreau, how do you start getting one for each of them.
Ruiz told her he would “look into it,” but he never got the cards, which are subject not only to the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy but also a federal offense.
“I was very uncomfortable,” Ruiz told ESPN on Friday. But he said Brown got a card from a fellow pirate teammate.
“He got it from another player who was selling it,” said Ruiz, who declined to give the player’s name. “This player came home a few times. Had to get another copy of Cyd’s vaccination card because they mistook her birthday on the first card.”
“I’m going to sit on it for a while,” Ruiz said. “The truth will eventually come out. If this becomes a bigger and deeper investigation to follow in the NFL – just to get into legal jargon – then all of this will come to light.”
Moreau denied the accusation and told the newspaper she did not know Ruiz, who provided screenshots of the alleged request to the newspaper.
Brown’s attorney, Sean Borstein, denied that Brown received a false vaccination card. He requested proof of card transaction and did not believe it existed.
“If Antonio’s doctors and guidelines require a booster injection, then he’ll be happy to do it live on TV and everyone can come in to watch it.”
Ruiz said he moved to Tampa to live with Brown, and once their business relationship ended after the first-week win over the Dallas Cowboys, Brown attempted to renegotiate his price, and he returned to Los Angeles.
He said it was well known in the Brown camp that Brown was hesitant about the vaccine and its side effects. “It was talked about like it was nothing,” Ruiz said. “So it was never really something secret. [with] Anyone around his camp. It was just something everyone knew and everyone discussed.”
Ruiz said he has come forward and spoken to the hacking general counsel but feels his allegations have been dismissed. The Hackers released a statement Thursday saying they had done their due diligence, because the NFL makes teams responsible for checking vaccination cards by taking pictures of them and has no additional steps to verify their authenticity.
“To be honest, I feel like the Buc family really started to distance themselves from him, as soon as they knew this story was going to fall apart,” Ruiz said. “They’ve been really trying to wash their hands of it because they don’t want any part of it. The NFL doesn’t want any part of it. Just from what I collect from Bucs in general – they just want to keep their hands clean.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN Thursday that no other vaccine cards have been called into question and that teams remain responsible for validating the cards. Players, coaches and other team personnel must present their vaccination cards to the club’s medical staff for verification.
“It’s a health hazard,” Ruiz said of the fake vaccine cards.
“Money is what it is. I’m not going to focus on about $10,000. It’s just a public safety issue that I wanted to highlight and highlight the lying and cheating that goes on behind the scenes at the Bucs.”
Would he have advanced if he was still working for Brown? “That’s a good question,” said Ruiz, who was not asked to sign a nondisclosure as part of his job. “I don’t know. I can’t answer that.”
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