Three NFL players, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown, have been suspended for three games for violating the league's COVID-19 protocols.
The NFL announced the decision Thursday, saying Brown, teammate Mike Edwards, and free agent John Franklin III misrepresented their vaccination statuses.
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"The health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority. The protocols were jointly developed working with our respective experts to ensure that we are practicing and playing football as safely as possible during the ongoing pandemic," the NFL said in a statement.
Brown's former personal chef claimed the vaccination card he submitted to the NFL was fake, the Los Angeles Times reported two weeks ago. But his lawyer said Brown was fully vaccinated and was willing to take the booster shot on live TV.
After an investigation, the NFL concluded the wide receiver misrepresented his vaccination status.
In a statement, the Buccaneers confirmed the NFL suspended two of its players and said it was committed to implementing the league's protocols.
"We appreciate the League's timely handling of this matter and recognize the importance of the health and safety protocols that have been established," the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said in a statement. "We will continue to implement all league COVID-19 protocols."
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The NFL's actions follow revelations in November that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemingly misled the public by saying he was "immunized" despite not being vaccinated for COVID-19. The Packers activated Rodgers, who completed a mandatory 10-day quarantine on Nov. 1`3 after testing positive for COVID-19, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 17-0 in a game the next day.