TAMPA, FL. – Bucs Head Coach Bruce Arians started out his Friday press conference saying he wasn’t going to talk about wide receiver Antonio Brown or safety Mike Edwards getting caught and suspended for 3 games for having fake vaccination cards.
But after further questioning, Arians couldn’t hold back.
“Yeah, it pisses me off,” Arians said.
Arians was so happy the way the organization handled Covid, until this.
“We’ve done everything,” Arians said. “I mean everything. There’s a lot more to that story. I just hope that (the NFL) doesn’t stop looking.”
Bucs WR Antonio Brown, safety Mike Edwards, and former Buc WR John Franklin were found to have misrepresented their vaccination status.
Brown and Edwards are suspended for 3 games.
Antonio Brown’s former Chef Steven Ruiz accused Brown in a Tampa Bay Times story by Rick Stroud, of asking for a fake vaccine card. Ruiz claimed Brown did get a fake card later, but not from him.
Brown’s attorney Sean Burstyn issued a statement.
“Today’s statement from the (NFL) proves the information I provided to the Tampa Bay Times was true. Although I think a 3 game suspension is a minor punishment, I trust the league’s judgment and I’m glad the NFL conducted a swift investigation.”
Brown’s attorney Sean Burstyn told ESPN that his client will use the time off to heal his foot injury.
“Mr. Brown is vaccinated and continues to support the vaccine for any person for whom it is appropriate,” said Burstyn. “He will use this time as an opportunity to treat his ankle.”
The NFL and the National Football League Players Association worked together on this suspension. Both Brown and Edwards are eligible to return to play in Week 16.
The Bucs are at Atlanta Sunday.
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