Bucs player reportedly sold fake vaccine cards to Antonio Brown

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By , Audacy Sports

Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown's former live-in chef and personal assistant has reportedly further detailed his prior allegations that Brown obtained a counterfeit Covid-19 vaccination card.

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The chef, identified in multiple media reports as Steven Ruiz, told ESPN on Friday that Brown and his girlfriend had purchased their fake vaccine cards from one of Brown's Buccaneers teammates, and that the teammate made multiple visits to Brown's house regarding the cards.

Ruiz claims Brown's girlfriend, Cydney Moreau, asked him to procure two fake cards for them, though he never did. Instead, the cards were purchased from the teammate, according to Ruiz.

"I was very uncomfortable," Ruiz said.

"He got them from another player who was selling them. That player came over to the house multiple times. He had to get another copy of [Moreau's] vaccine card because they got her birthday wrong on the first one."

The use of fake vaccine cards is a federal crime, the story said, not to mention subject to discipline under the league's conduct policy.

In response to Ruiz's initial claims, which were first reported earlier this week by the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers said they found no irregularities upon reviewing the cards.

The league's response was less clear, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted. Meanwhile a report from earlier this season indicated as much as 10-15% of the league's players may have submitted phony cards in order to obtain vaccinated status.

Per the league's health and safety protocols, virus restrictions were eased for teams as they hit certain thresholds for vaccination rates, while vaccinated players who test positive can return sooner than their unvaccinated peers.

Brown missed the Bucs' loss to the Rams in Week 3 after testing positive for the virus.

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