Buccaneers coach believes the league should expand its investigation into vaccination certificates
TAMPA, Fla. – The coach of the Buccaneers, Bruce arians, he noted on Friday that he believes the NFL needs to take a closer look at other teams after two of its players, Antonio Brown and Mike Edwards, and a former player, John Franklin III, were discovered with false vaccination cards.
“We’ve done everything. There’s so much more to this story. I just hope they don’t stop looking,” said Arians, who two weeks ago said he had no reason to believe that Brown or any player misrepresented their vaccination status.
But an investigation of the NFL revealed that all three players presented the team with false vaccination certificates, resulting in a three-game suspension. This is also considered a federal crime and is punishable by up to five years in prison.
When asked if he thinks there are other league-wide problems, he replied, “Maybe.”
The NFL informed ESPN Thursday that there are no plans to alter the way teams collect and examine vaccination records. A big reason for this is that because 94.5% of players who are vaccinated, 80% were vaccinated at team facilities, according to league spokesman Brian McCarthy, minimizing the potential risk of counterfeiting. . The NFL will continue to rely on organizations to inspect vaccine cards.
The NFL did not impose a fine on Buccaneers, unlike previous protocol violations COVID-19, such as a $ 500,000 fine issued against the Las Vegas Raiders last year or the $ 300,000 fine to the Green Bay Packers recently, believing they, too, were misled about vaccination statuses, a source told ESPN.
Arians also defended his team’s handling of the situation.
“In the last two years, I don’t know if there has been a better team in COVID than us. This is a setback for what happened. But we’ve done an amazing job, and even with the guys – we’ve never had an outbreak. So I’m very happy with that part. “
He expressed anger at the players’ decisions after the team worked hard to keep the virus out of the building. The team’s mantra throughout the past campaign was to “beat the virus” and the organization has long credited its approach to handling the virus as one of the key reasons why Tampa bay he won Super Bowl.
They were even praised by President Joe Biden during a White House ceremony this summer for their approach to controlling the virus, which included vaccinating 200,000 community members.
“It makes me mad,” Arians agreed. “But it is what it is.”
Arians noted that the team will treat Brown and Edwards as injured players and will not address their respective futures with the organization until after their return. Brown has an ankle injury that will keep him out for at least another two weeks, sources pointed out. ESPN. Edwards is dealing with a knee injury.