Does the NFL care about the potential problem with fake vaccination cards?
The NFL is notoriously reactive, not proactive. The application, or lack of it, of the league’s COVID protocols becomes the latest example of this reality.
Consider Aaron Rodgers’ situation. The league knew he was not vaccinated and the league knew he repeatedly broke protocol by showing up at indoor press conferences without a mask. And the league did nothing. If Rodgers had not tested positive 16 days ago, he would still show up at indoor press conferences without a mask, and his protocol violations resulting from unauthorized parties and gatherings would go off without incident.
Now that long-standing suspicions about bogus vaccination cards have peaked, the NFL will take action, because it has to. Still, the NFL knew or should have known that players could potentially provide fake vaccination cards. It’s too easy to forge one. It is also extremely easy to prove that a card is fake.
As explained last night, a phone call to the vaccination provider would confirm or demystify the information provided regarding patient name, injection date (s) and lot number. These calls should have already been made, by each team as for each vaccination record. Now that the league is clearly and overtly aware of the reality of the fake vaccination cards, these appeals should be made.
And not by the teams. They had a full and fair chance to handle the problem properly. At this point, the league should insist that the images of all vaccination cards be handed over by the teams, so that the league can begin the process of confirming the veracity or not of each vaccination card.
It will take time. It will take some effort. This may require spending money to hire an outside company to make the calls or provide temporary workers to do the job. Either way, if the NFL really cares about the problem, the NFL will.
The reverse is also true. If the NFL doesn’t care about the potential problem with fake vaccination cards, it won’t. He’ll do the bare minimum or maybe nothing at all. At the most he will hammer Antonio Brown, if it turns out that the vaccination record he showed the team in July was a fake.
Here is the reality. If this is a major scandal involving, say, dozens of fake cards or more, the NFL won’t want to admit that it allowed the situation to happen. So the league won’t do what it has to do to shed light on the situation. The more fake cards the NFL finds, the more the NFL will seek to allow card forgery – and not act long before the first report surfaces of a player who actually has a fake card.