NFL Reviewing Allegation Antonio Brown Used Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Card

The NFL says it’s investigating accusations that Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown acquired a fake COVID vaccination card.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy disclosed in a statement on Friday.

"We are aware of the report and have been in contact with the club. We will review the matter,"

The investigation is coming after Antonio Brown's former live-in chef informed The Tampa Bay Times that the Bucs star had allegedly bought a fake vaccination card because he was concerned about the possible negative side effects of the vaccine on his body system.

However, Brown's lawyer, Sean Burtsyn, maintained that Brown is completely vaccinated while is open to more investigation.

Burstyn wrote in a statement to The Tampa Bay Times: "Antonio 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. Coronavirus has hit close to home as it took him out of a game. He is healthy, vaccinated, and ready to win another Super Bowl. One of the worst parts of the pandemic has been a movement to cast doubt on our country's vaccination programs with baseless, vindictive tabloid gossip."

Brown’s lawyer also confirmed the player's vaccination status to NFL Network. The attorney did not instantly respond to PEOPLE's request for remark.

The NFL presently does not need players to be completely vaccinated against COVID-19, but mandates teams and playing grounds vary due to local city and state laws.

In a statement to PEOPLE, a spokesman for the Buccaneers disclosed that the team had gotten vaccine cards from all their players and did not see any "irregularities."

"After an extensive educational process conducted throughout our organization this past offseason highlighting the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines, we received completed vaccination cards from all Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and submitted the required information to the NFL through the established process in accordance with league policy," the statement said. "All vaccination cards were reviewed by Buccaneers personnel and no irregularities were observed."

In April, Antonio Brown penned a one-year contract extension with the Bucs that was valued at about $6.25 million, which was reported by online casino real money earlier this year.

Brown, a 7-time Pro Bowler, and 4-time All-Pro, penned with Tampa Bay mid-season in October last year. He was formerly released by the New England Patriots two years ago - 2019 amid two different allegations of sexual misconduct, which his lawyer has denied.

Coach of the Buccaneers Bruce Arians told newsmen that Brown deserved to be handed a "second chance" when he was previously signed in 2020. Arians also disputed the rumor that Brady — who in the past played with Brown for the Patriots — had anything to do with his signing.

Arians told newsmen, as per USA Today" I think he's matured, and I believe in second chances," "Everybody wants to say that Tom [Brady] picked him. Tom didn't have anything to do with it. This was something [Bucs general manager Jason Licht] and I had been talking (about) for a couple of weeks, ever since the injuries to our other guys. When the time was right, would we see if we could pull the trigger and fit him into what we wanted to get done? And we'll see. If Antonio does what I think he's gonna do, I think he's gonna be fine."

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