The NFL suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown and safety Mike Edwards for three games each for misrepresenting their COVID-19 vaccination status and violating the league's health and safety protocols.

Free-agent wideout John Franklin III will be subject to a three-game ban as well if he signs with an NFL team.

Brown's agent, Sean Burstyn, disputed the NFL's findings.

A former personal chef for Brown had alleged to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud the seven-time Pro Bowler purchased a fake vaccine card.

Stroud shared a screenshot of a text conversation between Steven Ruiz and Brown's girlfriend, Cydney Moreau. Moreau asked Ruiz if he could obtain COVID-19 vaccination cards and that "Ab" would be willing to pay $500 for a card claiming he received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.