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Antonio Brown’s Return to the Buccaneers Is Uncertain; Some Wonder How Many NFL Players Are Playing with Fake Vax Cards

Antonio Brown has always skirted the line of what is acceptable in the NFL.

He entered the Terrell Owens lane of the player you love to hate; he is one of the few sports entertainment professionals that gets paid for bad behavior.

Now that bad behavior might have run its course with the NFL and team brass. According to head coach Bruce Arians, there is no clear decision on whether wide receiver Antonio Brown will be back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Whole Lotta Ambiguity

Brown has been on a three-game suspension based on a fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine card.

Earlier this week, when Coach Arians was asked about the chances of AB’s return to the team, Arians was vague, leaving his return in extreme limbo.

According to reports from the Tampa Bay Times, “Bucs coach Bruce Arians says he hasn’t made a determination on whether Antonio Brown will rejoin the team following his three-game suspension.”

Arians said only the cryptic “we’ll see how it goes” in responding to a question about Brown returning.

When Things Fall Apart

A former All-Pro wideout, Brown received an NFL suspension after he was exposed for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Brown’s personal chef revealed that a plot was afoot, even entangling Brown’s girlfriend, to obtain a fake vaccination card for the Mr. “Whole Lotta Money.”

After the investigation, the Bucs receiver was found to have actually obtained a fake vaccination card. The offense is a felony, and the league sanctioned his suspension without appeal.

However, since the discovery of Brown obtaining the fake card he reportedly has gotten vaccinated.

Suspended Reality

According to the NFL Network, the NFL initially floated a longer suspension, to the tune of the six- to eight-game range.

Brown, a Miami native, played three seasons of college football at Central Michigan University, earning All-America honors in 2008 and 2009 as a punt returner, before forgoing his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL draft. He was a sixth-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL Darling

Brown finished his rookie season with 16 receptions for 167 yards in nine games as the Steelers advanced to Super Bowl XLV during that campaign, losing to the Green Bay Packers. During his second NFL season, he became the first player in NFL history to have more than 1,000 yards receiving and returning in the same year. Brown was selected as a punt returner for the 2012 Pro Bowl for his efforts.

In 2013, he became the only receiver in NFL history to record five receptions and at least 50 yards in every single game of an NFL season.

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