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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown‘s chef — who told the NFL the receiver faked his COVID vaccine card — is now planning to sue the Buccaneers star and claims the Bucs star owes him $10,000.
Brown’s former chef, Steven Ruiz, told TMZ Sports that he cooked for Brown regularly this past year but when it came time to pay a bill for it all, the wide receiver didn’t pay.
“The game plan now is to file a lawsuit and take it from there,” Ruiz said. “People provide a service and you’ve got to pay for it. That’s it.”
Ruiz said Brown owed him $10,000, but he couldn’t get payment from the player — even after talking with Brown’s attorney, TMZ reports.
Brown’s former chef decided to take the public route with his claims and also shed light on the claim that Brown obtained a fake vaccine card and then later submitted it to the NFL. Brown’s attorney still denies the fake vaccine card claims and says his client is vaccinated.
The league said it found Brown did lie about his vaccine status and suspended him three games without pay, costing him over $100K in lost salary.
Ruiz told TMZ if Brown had just paid him, he likely wouldn’t have said anything.
“If he had just probably paid me, you know what? He probably would still be getting paid in the NFL right now,” Ruiz said. “He’d probably be playing the games that he could be playing and none of this would have even happened.”
Per Brown’s attorney Sean Burstyn, Brown is vaccinated and “continues to support the vaccine for any person whom it is appropriate.”
Burstyn said Brown chose to wrap “this up promptly” instead “of going through the drawn out and distracting process of challenging the outcome …”
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