Antonio Brown’s former chef claims Brown got fake vaccination card from another player

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If the NFL is inclined to conduct a full and complete investigation regarding the matter of the Antonio Brown fake vaccination card, there’s plenty of meat on this specific bone.

The first thing for the league to do will be to talk to Steven Ruiz, the former live-in chef who went public with his contention that Brown secured a fake card. Because it’s clear that Ruiz is willing to talk.

After speaking to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Ruiz has provided more details to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.

He got them from another player who was selling them,” Ruiz told Laine regarding Antonio Brown. “That player came over to the house multiple times. He had to get another copy of [Brown’s girlfriend, Cydney Moreau’s] vaccine card because they got her birthday wrong on the first one.”

Ruiz declined to name the player to Laine. If the league comes calling, perhaps Ruiz will share the name with Lisa Friel and/or someone from her staff.

The league has said it will review the matter. The dilemma for the league is clear. If it aggressively probes the issue of fake vaccination cards and finds a deeper issue about which the league or its teams knew or should have known, the league will come off as inept or deliberately indifferent about the temptation to use fake cards and the public-health risks arising from them. If the league engages in a half-hearted probe and finds no wrongdoing or (more likely) never says anything more about it as more and more bright, shiny objects appear (a/k/a football games are played), it risks criticism for not taking the situation seriously.

So far, the vibe is that the league isn’t taking it as seriously as it should. Rumors of fake vaccination cards have circulated for months. Multiple media outlets have been investigating the situation.The NFL surely has caught wind of the talk, undoubtedly is aware of the ease with which cards can be faked. The absence of a loud and clear statement from the league (like the one that was issued after the Jon Gruden emails came to light) regarding the potential use of fake vaccination cards and its intention to engage in a full audit of all vaccination cards to smoke out any counterfeits suggests that the league will be looking to run out the clock and move on.

Like it did with the Washington Football Team investigation back in June. Like it surely is doing with the Congressional probe sparked by the leak of the Gruden emails. Like it does every week with multiple bad officiating calls, ignoring the situation in the hopes of minimizing it.

72 responses to “Antonio Brown’s former chef claims Brown got fake vaccination card from another player

  1. Why can’t the league be consistent in how hard it investigates every violation? In this case, actual felonies were committed. I guess we have to ask how friendly is the team to Jeff Pash.

  2. The Federal Govt. should have set up a data base showing everyone who received the vaccination–where, and when.
    I’ve got no issue with these nincompoops who want to defy science and refuse to get the vaccine.
    I’ve got a big problem with the scumbags who lie about getting it.

  3. We, Americans, have become so numb to the absurd.
    Go back and read the headline of this story again!
    1. AB. A world-Class loser who’s been granted 50 second chances.
    2. His chef, stiffed for $10,000, narcs on AB.
    3. Fake vaccine cards in the midst of a pandemic that has killed 3/4 of a million Americans.
    4. Purchased from another player, which will open another can of imbecilic worms.

    No matter how much of it turns out to be true, I fear for our future while trying to enjoy the humor in it all.

  4. Snitches are a lower life form, IMO, so what’s Ruiz’s angle?
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    Well, just like everyone else I would guess Brown didn’t pay him and now he’s mad.

  5. A player selling fake vax cards around the league.

    This story should be gathering steam just in time for the playoffs!!

  6. He’s clearly guilty with this level of detail. Goodell will cheat again to keep TB ratings up.

  7. I am no Antonio Brown fan by any means.. but the more you look into it .. Ruiz seems shady .. when asked point blank whether he would be making these accusations if he still worked for Brown .. Ruiz said “that’s a good question, I don’t know”

    Seems like a disgruntled ex employee looking to tear Brown down.

  8. The league doesn’t have to answer to someone’s chef. Lol. Are you kidding me? My personal chef said the world was flat. Investigate that. Hey, don’t laugh. There are many out here who believe it. Do we have to still investigate it because someone out here believes something? The league is running a multi-billion dollar business. They have more important things to deal with. Antonio Brown has proven he’s not dealing with a full deck. Anyone associated with him is very doubtful. Sorry. That’s just the way it works. The world doesn’t stop turning every time someone makes an outrageous claim, and believe me, this the the era for that. We can have fun with it out here in media land, but the league does what the league wants to do. If you don’t like it, sue them.

  9. Longtimepackerfan says:
    November 20, 2021 at 9:58 am
    Wonder where he learned to cheat the system???
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    Pittsburg?

  10. therealraider says:
    November 20, 2021 at 10:29 am
    I am no Antonio Brown fan by any means.. but the more you look into it .. Ruiz seems shady .. when asked point blank whether he would be making these accusations if he still worked for Brown .. Ruiz said “that’s a good question, I don’t know”

    Seems like a disgruntled ex employee looking to tear Brown down.

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    There is too much detail. It is like saying Jose Canseco lied about steroids. He is a blowhard, but he isn’t a liar.

  11. therealraider says:
    November 20, 2021 at 10:29 am

    “. . . Seems like a disgruntled ex employee looking to tear Brown down.”
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    That is exactly what Ruiz is, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the legitimacy of his accusations.
    If I was stiffed for 10K, I’d tear Brown down too! Wouldn’t you?

  12. Ruiz is setting himself up for a phat payday.
    He’ll sell the name of the fake card provider to TMZ for $100K.

  13. My question is why does a billion dollar organization that tests the snot of of players at any time and fines them for wardrobe violations not A) Strongly suggest they get the immunizations from their team or league staff and B) if you didn’t/won’t do A have their staff validate it with their immunization provider. Player signs-over the limited right for them to do that. or C) if A and B doesn’t happen, player is considered and treated as unvaccinated!

    Goodell wouldn’t need to collectively bargain this he just needs to get off ass and think ahead of issues. This indicates there is likely league-wide lying and cheating about the vaccinations and they have no way to prove who’s lying and who isn’t! What a mess!

  14. Anthony Vogt, there is literally no bigger issue than Covid, seeing as it controls everything else, as it has for almost two years.

  15. This is just an “allegation” by someone trying to get money out of Brown which raises questions about his credibility. That being said Brown can put this to bed because there has to be an official record of his shot beyond the card. When millions in salary are at stake I think I would produce some evidence that I was vaccinated.

  16. The guys who didn’t want to get vaxed but followed the rules are the ones being made to look like morons with the lack of enforcement.

  17. Longtimepackerfan says:
    Wonder where he learned to cheat the system???
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    He was only in New England for a game or so…I doubt he’d have time to study and digest such an intricate and varied system of cheating in such a short time…

  18. All this from a single allegation from a personal chef who needs money? Ruiz is waiting for some media network to give him a bunch of money. That’s all this is.

  19. Everything in our lives has become politicized. Quite sad.

    We’re not blue. We’re not red. We’re all Americans. 🇺🇸

  20. jerry292 says:
    Ruiz is waiting for some media network to give him a bunch of money. That’s all this is.
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    Agreed! After all, it’s not like A Brown ever cheated anyone else, destroyed property, turned disgruntled once the guaranteed money on his contract ran out…
    Wait a minute…never mind…

  21. Today the NFL made a statement: “Ho Hum, this investigation will take some time probably not finished until the season and playoffs are over then we will announce that we have found no improper usage of shot cards” .

  22. Still attempting to make this news. When stupid people want to play games, sometimes you have to play their stupid games. If Brown actually did this, which is questionable, you can’t fault him.

  23. Antonio Brown’s chef? Really? That’s where we are. Didn’t I read about something like this when I was in the checkout line at the grocery store? Yeah, it was right next to the story about the lady with 3 heads. They call them tabloids, I think.

  24. Football is one helluva game. Even 50 years on I can still feel the heat, the sweat and the pounding. Do whatever it takes to keep the teams competing. There are rules – keep them simple and straight forward. Follow them or get out, whether a player, owner, or coach (or commish).
    The game itself is the only thing the current NFL has going for it, and they’re doing their best to screw it up.

  25. IF the NFL isn’t gong to enforce the rules, why have them. That should apply to all rules. Either enforce every rule 100%, or get rid of the rule.

  26. Since it is easy for Brown to tell the NFL how and where he got the shots, it should be very easy to check.

  27. To be honest, I am surprised that The Buc’s took a chance on AB. Is his anticipated production really worth the headache that he always bring? His antics on and off field completely disrupted The Steelers, Raiders, Patriots and set the latter 2 teams back significantly. His proverbial nine lives in The NFL should be over for good!

  28. adar773 says:
    November 20, 2021 at 12:57 pm
    IF the NFL isn’t gong to enforce the rules, why have them. That should apply to all rules. Either enforce every rule 100%, or get rid of the rule.
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    I agree 100%. If you don’t enforce the rules, then it seems like the people who follow the rules get punished, and the rule breakers or law breakers enjoy more freedom. That shouldn’t happen. Now, what if these allegations are true, and what if the “other player” who provided the fake is named Tommy? Maybe it’s time to start smashing cell phones again. Lol.

  29. Brown has been known to stiff people on payments. You’re his personal chef. Did it have to get to $10k before you got a heads up the money wasn’t coming? Kind of like the people who let the US run up a few trillion in debt. After the first trillion I would be telling Uncle Same look I got see at least a fiver or something.

  30. This is the Mafia Level NFL. If they conduct an investigation of this, nothing will happen to Brown or the Bucs, but either the Saints or Detroit will be fined and lose a draft choice.

  31. Not hard to verify. Ask any of us WHERE we got our shot(s) and we can ALL answer. Ask AB …he’ll tell ya.

  32. ” Did it have to get to $10k before you got a heads up the money wasn’t coming?”

    Maybe the chef has been complaining for weeks. We all know that Brown tends to stiff people that he hires.

  33. The league loves this. No one is talking anymore about which shady person from the NFL office leaked the emails.

  34. The NFL will do what the NFL does. They’ll probably sue Ruiz for making them look like dolts.

  35. There is a dark cloud wherever this guy goes and he has had at a minimum 7 second chances. At some point the dark cloud is actually the player involved every time. Everyone on the planet knows that if it wasn’t Brady that wanted him he would no longer be in the league. What a joke

  36. We will all now automatically believe Chef Ruiz, who, of course, wouldn’t be trying to shake down a wealthy man with a checkered past. Unless he gives up the name of the player allegedly selling the cards to Brown and others, I will choose to be skeptical of Ruiz’s truthfulness.

  37. mhouser1922 says:
    November 20, 2021 at 9:54 am
    Snitches are a lower life form, IMO, so what’s Ruiz’s angle?

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    Scum who accept services and don’t pay for them are a worse form of life.
    You could say they are morally bankrupt.
    AB deserves all of this because he’s a bad dude.

  38. If AB has antibodies from previous covid infection, there is no way for the league to prove he wasn’t vaccinated. It was a perfect crime.

  39. joe6606 says:
    November 20, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    My bet is TB12 is behind all this

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    You need to stop drinking that haterade. It’s poisoning you. First of all, you’re just swallowing Ruiz’s story whole, with no actual evidence. But fine, I’ll play; let’s assume it’s true there’s some other Bucs player involved in this as Ruiz describes. This other player supposedly had a side business selling fake cards for $500 per, and had to keep coming to Brown’s house on this business, including to get Brown’s girlfriend’s birthdate. Tom Brady is estimated to have a net worth of around a quarter of a BILLION dollars, with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, having even more than that. But you want to bet Brady is spending a bunch of his time peddling $500 fake vaccine cards? Yeah, sure, that makes total sense.

  40. If this chef guy went to the media, there is a high probability he threatened to go to the media first before doing it.

    He doesn’t seem like a very bright guy. Extortion could be on the menu for Chef Ruiz.

  41. jlgmr777 says:
    November 20, 2021 at 12:59 pm
    To be honest, I am surprised that The Buc’s took a chance on AB. Is his anticipated production really worth the headache that he always bring? His antics on and off field completely disrupted The Steelers, Raiders, Patriots and set the latter 2 teams back significantly. His proverbial nine lives in The NFL should be over for good!

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    Umm, the Pats have been set back by a one game experiment with AB 2 seasons ago, as they sit 7-4, with a rookie qb playing the best in the NFL per PFF, and are primed to run the table?

    Do you people live in some alternate world to protect your very delicate sensibilities?

    What on earth will you do the next 10 years with BB and Mac in NE?

  42. Suh the Curb Stomper
    Horse Collar Tackle White
    The Great Deflator

    Great buncha guys down there

  43. therealraider says:
    November 20, 2021 at 10:29 am
    I am no Antonio Brown fan by any means.. but the more you look into it .. Ruiz seems shady .. when asked point blank whether he would be making these accusations if he still worked for Brown .. Ruiz said “that’s a good question, I don’t know”

    Seems like a disgruntled ex employee looking to tear Brown down.
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    This mindset always makes me laugh. Like it has to be one or the other. Can’t it he both? Can’t he be disgruntled AND also be telling the truth? Because he is a disgruntled ex employee who got stiffed and wanted to exact some revenge, that automatically means he’s lying? No one is going to take down their meal ticket. But if you know where the bodies are buried, and your meal ticket screws you out of $10k, why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to take him down?

  44. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    If AB has antibodies from previous covid infection, there is no way for the league to prove he wasn’t vaccinated. It was a perfect crime.
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    unless, of course, they ask him where he received his vaccination, then when they run a check there’s no record.
    Of course Goodell could always have the evidence destroyed to protect the integrity of the league
    Hey, that sounds vaguely familiar…

  45. lastwordonpft says:
    November 20, 2021 at 6:07 pm
    patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    If AB has antibodies from previous covid infection, there is no way for the league to prove he wasn’t vaccinated. It was a perfect crime.
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    unless, of course, they ask him where he received his vaccination, then when they run a check there’s no record.
    Of course Goodell could always have the evidence destroyed to protect the integrity of the league
    Hey, that sounds vaguely familiar…

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    You mean with Peyton’s HGH records at Guyer with the guys in the black trench coats?

    I remember that.

  46. We all know the NFL doesn’t really care. They’re just playing along with the narrative. And, the only player I’ve heard of being hospitalized with covid is triple vaxxed. They know it’s a dog and pony show. Just like BB told us last summer.

  47. Every year the NFL has guys like Antonio Brown cause problems because they are simply not good guys.
    Brown will always bring baggage to any team he plays for. It’s as simple as that.

  48. It’s illegal to forge a vaccination card. Also, AB would still be under probation if he didn’t get the sentence reduced.

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