NFL suspends Antonio Brown, two others for mendacity about vaccine standing

Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball in opposition to Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Monetary Area on October 14, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The NFL stated Thursday that it had suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers extensive receiver Antonio Brown and two different gamers for 3 video games with out pay for mendacity about their Covid-19 vaccination standing.

Brown, Buccaneers security Mike Edwards and free agent John Franklin III all accepted their self-discipline and waived their proper of attraction after a probe by which they have been represented by the gamers’ union, the NFL stated in a press release. 

“That evaluate supported these allegations and located that the three gamers violated the protocols,” the NFL stated.

The NFL didn’t present further particulars on the probe.

Brown’s vaccination standing was first questioned final month when the Tampa Bay Instances alleged he had paid for pretend coronavirus vaccine playing cards earlier than coaching camp.

“The well being and security of gamers and personnel is our prime precedence,” the NFL and NFL Gamers Affiliation stated in a joint assertion Thursday.

“The protocols have been collectively developed working with our respective consultants to make sure that we’re practising and taking part in soccer as safely as doable throughout the ongoing pandemic.” 

“The NFL-NFLPA collectively reinforce their dedication and additional emphasize the significance of strict adherence to the protocols to guard the well-being of everybody related to the NFL.”

The Buccaneers stated Thursday that it’s going to proceed to implement all NFL-NFLPA Covid-19 protocols 

“We admire the League’s well timed dealing with of this matter and acknowledge the significance of the well being and security protocols which have been established,” the group stated in a press release Thursday. 

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