EXCLUSIVE: Bucs receiver Antonio Brown obtained a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to avoid NFL protocols, according to his former live-in chef. Read @NFLSTROUD's report: trib.al/8bf1myT

Nov 18, 2021 · 9:09 PM UTC

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According to Steven Ruiz's screenshot, Brown's girlfriend Cydney Moreau asked the chef to purchase fake vaccine cards for A.B., the Bucs player. Ruiz says Brown later showed him cards that Brown said he bought for himself and Moreau: trib.al/8bf1myT
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Brown and Ruiz fell out over an uncollected debt. Ruiz says he's owed $10,000. Ruiz spoke publicly for the first time, to @NFLSTROUD, about Brown + the fake cards after trying unsuccessfully to extract a settlement with the Bucs and after talks with Brown’s lawyer went nowhere.
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Days before training camp, Ruiz says, Tom Brady’s longtime trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero photographed Brown's card for the Bucs. Ruiz believes Guerrero was unaware it was fake. Guerrero declined to comment. tampabay.com/sports/bucs/202…
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To document COVID vaccinations quickly, the Bucs would sometimes have Guerrero and others photograph the vaccine cards to send to the head trainer and eventually to their infection control officer for verification.
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An NFL spokesperson says any attempt to use a fake vaccine card would be reviewed and may subject the individual to discipline. In addition, creating, using and/or selling such cards is a felony. tampabay.com/sports/bucs/202…
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Brown — who had a violent altercation after a bill dispute early last year — has already been subject to recent NFL scrutiny. This afternoon, his lawyer told us that Brown is vaccinated against COVID-19. tampabay.com/sports/bucs/202…
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"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," Sean Burstyn texted. "... He is healthy, vaccinated, and ready to win another Super Bowl." Read our report tampabay.com/sports/bucs/202…
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Bucs officials and Antonio Brown’s agent declined to discuss our report prior to publication. About two hours after we published (at trib.al/8bf1myT), here’s the Bucs statement:
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...is the sort of thing an absolute paste-eating moron would say, is how you meant to end that, right
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