NFL will review report of fake Antonio Brown vaccination card

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Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown reportedly secured a fake vaccination card. Brown claims he is vaccinated, and the team insists that it inspected all vaccination cards and found no irregularities.

That won’t be enough to keep the NFL from investigating the situation.

“We are aware of the report and have been in contact with the club,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT by email. “We will review the matter.”

It obviously needs to happen. And, frankly, Brown likely isn’t the only one to have a fake vaccination card, if he indeed did or does. League insiders have buzzed for weeks about the possibility that some players gamed the system by securing fake cards, given the relative ease of doctoring a document with no special markings or features or facets that would make it hard to create a phony record of vaccination.

That said, it would be very easy to make a phone call to confirm that the player did indeed receive the vaccine at the designated place on the designated date from the designated lot. Per the league, the team has the responsibility of ensuring the accuracy of the information.

“Clubs are responsible for verifying personnel and player vaccination status,” McCarthy said. “These individuals have to present their vaccination cards to club medical staff for verification.”

No teams reported issues to the league during verification. Plenty of players got their shots at the team facility, making it much easier to confirm that the shot was indeed obtained.

“Any attempt by team personnel or players to use a forged or fake card would be reviewed under the personal conduct policy,” McCarthy said. “In addition, it is a federal criminal offense.”

Teams were told on July 22 to scrutinize cards carefully, given the potential consequences and risks of a player using a fake vaccine card. Again, given the ease of making a phone call and confirming that the information on the card is accurate, there’s no excuse for any team failing to do so — especially in light of the very strong temptation by vaccine-hesitant players to secure the benefits of being vaccinated by lying about their status.

The fact that the situation implicated the Personal Conduct Policy enhances the predicament for Brown, given that he was suspended eight games last year for violating the policy. As a repeat offender, he’d be subject to enhanced penalties.

53 responses to “NFL will review report of fake Antonio Brown vaccination card

  1. You can call the Health Dept and ask, but if the HD even punches AB info into their system without AB consent they’re violating HIPAA laws that restrict Health Care Clearing house (i.e. State Health Departments). All AB has to say is you do not have my consent.

  2. Who’s investigating the NFL to see if they’re actually verifying their players are vaccinated or not?

    They didn’t care about Aaron Rodgers. I highly doubt Brown is the only one.

  3. “You can call the Health Dept and ask, but if the HD even punches AB info into their system without AB consent they’re violating HIPAA laws that restrict Health Care Clearing house (i.e. State Health Departments). All AB has to say is you do not have my consent.”

    Do you really think a multi-billion industry didn’t think to require the players to sign waivers allowing them to check the viability of vaccination cards?

  4. Brady probably did the exact same thing along with him. Guerrero being involved says it all.

  5. waitstop says:
    November 18, 2021 at 9:55 pm
    “You can call the Health Dept and ask, but if the HD even punches AB info into their system without AB consent they’re violating HIPAA laws that restrict Health Care Clearing house (i.e. State Health Departments). All AB has to say is you do not have my consent.”

    Do you really think a multi-billion industry didn’t think to require the players to sign waivers allowing them to check the viability of vaccination cards?

    It’s not that easy. The NFL can’t show up with a sign waiver saying they have access to your records. You have to go to your healthcare provider and fill out paperwork to GIVE the NFL access. They don’t accept documents from anyone except the individual.

  6. You can call the Health Dept and ask, but if the HD even punches AB info into their system without AB consent they’re violating HIPAA laws that restrict Health Care Clearing house (i.e. State Health Departments). All AB has to say is you do not have my consent.

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    El Wrongo! HIPPA does not apply in this situation.

  7. One of the weirdest (football-related) things about Tom Brady is the quarterback’s advocacy of AB.

  8. Brown is a repeat offender, Rodger is not. And if he did buy a counterfeit vax card, he’s broken some serious laws, not just the league’s code.
    Let’s see what they find – if the care to actually look instead of just faking it and hoping it all goes away. If they do look and find a fake card, how many others will they investigate? That’s the real can of worms.

  9. Did he get the vaccine in Florida? The state won’t verify it. Florida banned vaccine passports and thus won’t allow any company to verify status. If a company calls the state health department, they will hang up. That’s Florida law passed earlier this year. The league would have to prove its fake in a different way.

  10. packmangamble says:
    November 18, 2021 at 10:03 pm
    You can call the Health Dept and ask, but if the HD even punches AB info into their system without AB consent they’re violating HIPAA laws that restrict Health Care Clearing house (i.e. State Health Departments). All AB has to say is you do not have my consent.

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    El Wrongo! HIPPA does not apply in this situation.

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    Okay, call your local CVS Pharmacy and ask for your neighbors shot records……. I’ll wait.

  11. How many 2nd chances can one person get?
    He’s obviously expecting another one, so honestly who cares. No different than what Rodgers did

  12. He slips a nurse a 100 dollar bill to fill out an official card. No fake or forgery. Dishonest, yes. But no one can prove it.

  13. Legit question, how could a team call a pharm or wherever to confirm vax status? Wouldn’t that be a violation of civil rights?

  14. My pea brain says it shouldnt be too hard to determine if the so called shot card is valid. Just contact the vendor who gave the shots and ask them. If they say they got nothing on file then mr brown is in trouble. Especially if they find out he handed them out like candy to others to avoid the shot,

  15. singularitynow says:
    November 18, 2021 at 10:49 pm
    Legit question, how could a team call a pharm or wherever to confirm vax status? Wouldn’t that be a violation of civil rights?

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    HIPAA rights

  16. ingularitynow says:
    November 18, 2021 at 10:49 pm
    Legit question, how could a team call a pharm or wherever to confirm vax status? Wouldn’t that be a violation of civil rights?
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    No what they would do is call the so called vendor and inform them they have a shot card they want to verify is legit, fax a copy to them and ask them to verify it. First, the person who turned it in gave permission by saying here is a copy of my shot card. They are not asking them to tell them they gave this person a shot they are asking if the card is valid.

  17. November 18, 2021 at 10:03 pm
    You can call the Health Dept and ask, but if the HD even punches AB info into their system without AB consent they’re violating HIPAA laws that restrict Health Care Clearing house (i.e. State Health Departments). All AB has to say is you do not have my consent.
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    NO sorry your very wrong. You forgot Mr Brown already told them his health issue by giving them the copy of the shot card so he acknowledge and is saying I got the shot. they are just verifying what he claims to be true.

  18. I have used my state’s vaccination registration website on several occasions during the past few months to verify my vaccination status. You can’t forge or fake that.

  19. Having the teams be in charge of enforcing anything with their own players has got to be the dumbest idea ever.

  20. crapsand says:
    November 18, 2021 at 10:19 pm
    packmangamble says:
    November 18, 2021 at 10:03 pm
    You can call the Health Dept and ask, but if the HD even punches AB info into their system without AB consent they’re violating HIPAA laws that restrict Health Care Clearing house (i.e. State Health Departments). All AB has to say is you do not have my consent.

    —————————————–

    El Wrongo! HIPPA does not apply in this situation.

    —————————————-
    Okay, call your local CVS Pharmacy and ask for your neighbors shot records……. I’ll wait.

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    They’re not violating his rights. They’re verifying the card. Why is this so hard for you people to understand?

  21. billsmafia772 says:
    November 18, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    How many 2nd chances can one person get?
    He’s obviously expecting another one, so honestly who cares. No different than what Rodgers did

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    How are these two even remotely the same? The league was fully aware that Rodgers was not vaccinated. IF(key word) Brown got a fake vaccine card and tried to con the league, that’s entirely different, especially given his history. And if it carries a CDC logo on it, that makes it a federal felony.

  22. Everyday people are getting busted for fake cards and every day the FBI is prospecting these
    criminals .

  23. Now suspicion surrounds his close Bro Tom Brady is he vaccinated ? or is he immunized ?
    there’s a world of difference…lol .

  24. What Rodgers did compared to what AB allegedly did is significantly different. Rodgers made a public statement about being “immunized” and left it at that, but if true, AB submitted a fake medical record to his employer. He could be in big time trouble.

  25. Precedent was set, 14k fine, nothing more.
    Unless the NFL plays favorites and we know that never happens…

  26. The only problem with ;just making a phone call; legally the player will have to sign off on releasing the information.

  27. I don’t get why these uneducated idiots just get the vax & be done with it. You have symptoms for a day or two, and a sore arm. Instead, they whine about it & risk infection. Dumb is, as dumb does.

  28. Amazing how most of the doctors commenting here don’t even know how to spell HIPAA much less know what it stands for

  29. antivaxxerssuck says:
    November 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    One of the weirdest (football-related) things about Tom Brady is the quarterback’s advocacy of AB.
    ____________________________
    Seriously? Tommy will support darn near anything to help him win a game. He is advocating winning with AB, not AB himself. And boy does he miss AB right now.

  30. Wait. I live in Tampa and have a vaccination card. Just got the booster last week. Our state has them.

  31. To all you internet lawyers out there. It is not a violation of anyone’s HIPPA rights for an employer to validate your vaccination card. All they have to do is look at the lot # for the vaccine that was given thats on the card. They can ask AB where he got his vaccination and then cross check the lot # with where ever he said he got it. If it comes up that that location never received any vaccine with that lot number then he’s toast. End of story.

  32. The NFL knows we were all immunized but Goodell and I are good friends and Pash is pals with Murphy, which makes a huge difference on who gets a slap on the wrist vs having the book thrown at them.

  33. Why pay for a fake vaccination card when the vaccine is FREE! It will also help to stamp out this deadly virus.

  34. Most AB stories are about AB-specific nonsense. But this one, as we all well know, is not AB-specific. Every week we find out another star player isn’t vaccinated or has been deceptive about their status or is simply hiding from reality and hoping to not be noticed for it. There isn’t a bet any more sure that whatever AB may or may not have done here, dozens of other players have done the same.

    Frankly, it’s made me lose a lot of respect for all the players this year who have avoided a simple shot that can help protect them, their loved ones, the success of their team, and the livelihoods of all their teammates. It shows a truly rotten form of selfishness and cowardice.

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