Antonio Brown under fire for alleged fake COVID vaxx card

After a year of relative silence off the field, Antonio Brown is once again in the news cycle. This after a report from the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday which alleges the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver sought — and may have procured — a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination card prior to training camp.

The claim comes from Brown’s former live-in chef, Steven Ruiz, who told the Times that he’s speaking out about Brown’s alleged actions after the two had a falling out over an unpaid $10,000 in services. According to Ruiz, Brown directed his girlfriend, model Cydney Moreau, to ask the chef to seek out a fake Johnson & Johnson vaccination card for him. The report included a photo of an alleged text exchange between Ruiz and Moreau, with Moreau telling the chef that “AB” would pay him $500 for the counterfeit J&J card. Ruiz goes on to allege that he wasn’t able to secure the card for Brown, but that the wideout claimed to have purchased one for both himself and Moreau a few weeks later.

Moreau denied the allegations to the Times and also said she didn’t know Ruiz. However, the Times reported that it confirmed the number involved in the texts as belonging to the model. Brown’s lawyer, Sean Burstyn, also disputed the claims and said his client is fully vaccinated.

“Antonio Brown appreciates the severity of the pandemic, which is why he got the vaccine and supports everyone for whom it is advisable to get the vaccine,” Burstyn texted to the Times. “Coronavirus has hit close to home as it took him out of a game. He is healthy, vaccinated, and ready to win another Super Bowl. … One of the worst parts of the pandemic has been a movement to cast doubt on our country’s vaccination programs with baseless, vindictive tabloid gossip.”

Brown missed Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams after testing positive for COVID.

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