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NFL: Antonio Brown suspended for lying about his vaccination status

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ enfant terrible Antonio Brown was suspended for three games without pay by the NFL for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols on Thursday.

Brown’s teammate, safety back Mike Edwards, was also guilty of the same offense. A third athlete, free agent John Franklin III will also not be able to play the next three meetings if he comes to an agreement with an NFL team.

According to the ESPN network, they would have contravened the rules of the Goodell circuit by “distorting their vaccination status”.

Two weeks ago, Brown was accused by his former personal boss of acquiring false proof of vaccination. The so-called Steven Ruiz had told the “Tampa Bay Times” that the receiver had offered him $ 500 to get his hands on a forged vaccine passport, before dealing with it on his own.

The Buccaneers had responded to the accusations by saying all evidence had been reviewed by team staff and no irregularities were observed.

Brown has always been unsure of the possible side effects of the inoculation, but his agent confirmed in November that the 33-year-old veteran had indeed been vaccinated.

Already on the sidelines …

“AB” was already scheduled to be absent for the next two duels, he who is treating an ankle injury. Absent since the sixth week of activity, he has caught 29 balls this season for gains of 418 yards and four touchdowns.

According to the NFL Network, the three players have accepted the league’s decision and will not appeal their case. In a short written statement, the “Bucs” thanked the NFL for their careful investigation, acknowledging the importance of established health and safety protocols.

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