Tampa Bay Buccaneers issue vanilla statement acknowledging that three players lied about their vaccination status

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A lot can change in only two weeks.

In the aftermath of a claim from Antonio Brown‘s former live-in chef that Brown obtained and presented a fake vaccination card to the Buccaneers, the team issued a statement that everything was handled properly.

“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.”

No irregularities may have been observed, but irregularities existed. Three of them. Our of 90.

Now that the league has concluded that Antonio Brown, Mike Edwards, and James Franklin III misrepresented their vaccination status, the Buccaneers have issued another statement.

“We appreciate the League’s timely handling of this matter and recognize the importance of the health and safety protocols that have been established,” the new statement explains. “We will continue to implement all league COVID-19 protocols.”

Maybe they should say they will continue to try to implement all protocols. Because they obviously failed. By taking Brown, Edwards, and Franklin at their word, the Buccaneers allowed three unvaccinated players to mingle with everyone who was properly vaccinated, placing them at risk of breakthrough infections and, possibly, serious illness or death.

The chances of that happening to a vaccinated player were and are very slim. However, coach Bruce Arians — who comes off looking very bad as a result of this, given his strident insistence that there was no story here — has survived three different types of cancer. Offensive consultant Tom Moore is 83.

Arians and Moore should be pissed. The Buccaneers should be pissed. Unfortunately, they set themselves up for this by doing nothing more than performing a cursory and superficial review of the cards, never recognizing the very strong temptation for players who refuse to be vaccinated but who don’t want to be subject to the rules for unvaccinated players to simply like about being vaccinated.

If Browns wasn’t such a key part of the team, the Bucs would surely cut him. They should cut him anyway, but they won’t. As we’ve seen times and again, example are made of the scrubs and excuses are made for the stars. If they want to have a real shot at another Super Bowl, they need AB. If they didn’t need him, he’d already be gone.

15 responses to “Tampa Bay Buccaneers issue vanilla statement acknowledging that three players lied about their vaccination status

  1. What was it that Bruce Arians said about Brown and how he didn’t have a lot of wiggle room for behavior when they signed him? Isn’t this why he didn’t want to sign him in the first place?

  2. the Buccaneers allowed three unvaccinated players to mingle with everyone who was properly vaccinated, placing them at risk of breakthrough infections and, possibly, serious illness or death.
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    Every team has unvaccinated players mingling with everyone else. Also, vaccinated players are just as capable of spreading covid as unvaccinated players.

  3. Three out of how many all over the league? At least Kirk Cousins, Cole Beasley and Joe Flacco came out and said they Weren’t vaccinated. They took the heat and kept their money where it belonged – in their pockets! Way cheaper, but AB and the others are too stupid to realise that.

  4. Every team in the NFL needs to be required to do this. Obviously AB isn’t the only one.

  5. Aaron Rodgers is treated differently even though he misrepresented his vaccination status.

  6. Rodgers the Role model that he is, set a terrific example to other players how to be unaccountable for your actions!!

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