By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown has been suspended without pay for three games after he misrepresented his COVID-19 vaccination status.

READ MORE: Search For Suspects Continues After Student Killed In Shooting Outside Oliver Citywide Academy

Browns’ former live-in chef claimed the former Steeler obtained a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to skirt NFL protocols, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.

A review supported the allegations against Brown, the NFL announced Thursday.

Two other players, Brown’s teammate Mike Edwards and free agent John Franklin III, were also suspended for misrepresenting their vaccination status, the NFL said.

READ MORE: When Should You Take A PCR Test Vs. A Rapid Antigen Test?

All three accepted the discipline and waived their right of appeal.

In a statement, the Bucs said the team will continue to implement all league COVID-19 protocols.

The NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement that “the health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority.”

“The protocols were jointly developed working with our respective experts to ensure that we are practicing and playing football as safely as possible during the ongoing pandemic. The NFL-NFLPA jointly reinforce their commitment and further emphasize the importance of strict adherence to the protocols to protect the well-being of everyone associated with the NFL,” the statement said.

MORE NEWS: Fox Chapel Area School District Brings New Therapy Resource To Students And Staff

Brown spent the first nine seasons of his career in Pittsburgh. He was signed by Tampa Bay in 2020.