SJ - September 17, 2021
A few unnamed NFL agents admit that players do have fake vaccine cards. One agent estimated that as many as 10-15% of players have a fake vaccine card.
Another agent said he was told by a player that a big name teammate has a fake vaccine card and everyone on the team knows about it.
The players who are using the fake cards obviously don't want the shot and they don't want to deal with the extra COVID protocols of the unvaccinated.
Fake CDC cards, often ordered online, are big business and growing, and two NFL agents who work for different agencies told Defector that players they represent asked them for help getting a fake vaccine card. (Both agents declined to do so.) One of those agents said that his client asked him about getting a fake card because a teammate of his had used one. “He was like, ‘Oh well my teammate’s got this fake card. Should I just do that?’” the agent said. “I’m like no! Just get vaccinated!”
This player was interested in getting a fake because he had just been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list for being a close contact. Two days after the conversation with his agent, the player got COVID himself.
Based on what that agent learned from his conversation with this player and others similarly shut down as close contacts in 2021, he estimates that 10–15 percent of players have a fake vaccine card. “I think it is a lot more common than people realize,” he said. “Look, you’re talking about the NFL. These guys do anything they can to fudge a weed test or a PED test.”
A third NFL agent told Defector that he hadn’t directly heard of any players using fakes but assumed it was probably happening. We spoke in the morning and that same night, the agent texted me back with an update: “Was told by a player tonight that a big-name guy on his team has a fake card. Players know.”
It's hard to know what is true with unnamed sources, but it's very possible there are players with fake vaccine cards out there.
10-15% seems a little high, but teams with 100% vaccine compliance seems questionable as well. Especially from such a low risk group of people.
The fake vaccine card players must be okay with whatever risk there is.
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