Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said he has no reason to believe that Antonio Brown obtained a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. "None whatsoever," Arians said. "We did our due diligence. The league will do theirs.
The statement says everything. I really don't think it's a story, and it has nothing to do with the Giants game." On Thursday, Brown's former live-in chef Steven Ruiz accused the Brown of obtaining a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.
Ruiz claimed Brown's girlfriend Cydney Moreua asked him how to obtain a fake vaccination card for herself and Brown. "I was very uncomfortable," Ruiz told ESPN on Friday. But he said Brown obtained a card from a Buccaneers teammate.
"He got them from another player who was selling them," said Ruiz, who declined to name the player. "That player came over to the house multiple times. He had to get another copy of Cyd's vaccine card because they got her birthday wrong on the first one."
"I'm gonna sit on it for a little while," Ruiz said. "The truth will eventually come out. If this does become a bigger and deeper investigation to follow the NFL -- just to get into legal terms -- this will all come to light."
Attorney Sean Burstyn denied the allegations against Brown
"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," Burstyn said.
Ruiz suggested the Buccaneers knew Brown obtained a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. "It was talked about like it was nothing," Ruiz told ESPN. "So it was never really like a secretive thing [with] anyone around his camp.
It was just something that everyone knew and everybody discussed." Also, Ruiz suggedted the Buccaneers knew the story about Brown was about to be made public. "To be honest, I feel like the Bucs started distancing themselves from him already, once they knew that this story was gonna break," Ruiz said.
"They were already 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 gather from the Bucs in general -- they just wanna keep their hands clean."
Would he have come forward if he was still working for Brown? "That's a good question," said Ruiz, who was not required to sign a non-disclosure as part of his employment. "I don't know. I can't answer that."