The NFL has suspended Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown alongside safety Mike Edwards and former Bucs defensive back John Franklin III after an investigation into allegations that the three “misrepresented their vaccine status under the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 Protocols.”
“Tampa Bay’s Antonio Brown and Mike Edwards have each been suspended without pay for the next three games,” the NFL’s announcement says.
“Free agent John Franklin III, if signed by a club, is also ineligible to play in the next three games. All three players have accepted the discipline and waived their right of appeal. The suspensions are effective immediately.”
Last month, Antonio Brown was accused by a former live-in chef of obtaining a fake vaccination card in an apparent attempt to duck the NFL’s vaccine protocols.
Sean Burstyn, a lawyer representing Brown, said in a statement that Brown is vaccinated and “continues to support the vaccine for any person for whom it is appropriate.”
“The NFL made its determination and, instead of going through the drawn-out and distracting process of challenging the outcome, Mr. Brown wrapped this up promptly and he will make the most of this time by treating his ankle injury,” Burstyn said in a statement. “Mr. Brown will be motivated, well-rested, and in the best shape of his life when he returns in week 16.”