Antonia Brown out for good
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown had an outburst during Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. He left the field in the third quarter with head coach Bruce Arians shortly after the game expressing he is no longer a member of the team.
Video of Antonio Brown leaving the field after taking off his jersey and shirt and throw it into the stands. pic.twitter.com/1hwNYei5Fq
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“He is no longer a Buc,” Arians said after the Buccaneers’ 28-24 victory over the New York Jets. “That’s the end of the story. Let’s talk about the guys that went out there and won the game.”
Bruce Arians answered questions about Antonio Brown during his press conference today.
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Arians seemed fed up with the entire situation. When he was for more details on what transpired on the sideline and his departure, Arians responded, “I’m not talking about him. He’s no longer part of the Bucs.”
According to ESPN, sources said Brown was not benched. In fact, “he quit,” the source said. Brown also didn’t fly home with the team charter, according to the Buccaneers.
Details of the incident on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ sideline
Several teammates tried to restrain and calm Brown down before the outburst occurred. Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans and tight end O.J. Howard had no luck trying to calm the Future Hall of Famer down. Brown proceeded to take much of his gear off and throw some garments into the stans with the fans as he waved goodbye.
Many were confused by the actions of Brown, but primarily the security guards were the most shocked. Metlife security primarily believed Brown to be a fan who leaped on top of the field to disrupt the game.
“We thought he was a jumper,” one security official said, adding that as Brown went through the tunnel, he asked state troopers for a ride to the airport, but they told him, “No.”
“He was shirtless and didn’t have his wallet,” the security officer said, adding that Brown changed in the locker room and was able to get alternate transportation to the airport.
Arians explained in the post-game interview that he was trying to get Brown to go into the game. However, Brown refused twice. Arians then followed by telling him “get out.” As a result, Brown began taking off his equipment: “Never seen anything like that in all my years.”
He later added that he wasn’t sure why Brown didn’t want to return to the game. Many thought Brown was nursing an ankle injury and that may affect his return, Arians responded, “No.”
Tom Brady response to Antonio Brown’s actions
Unfortunately, at this point in the game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were down 24-10. Brady was down pretty much all of his weapons and with 21 seconds remaining in the game, he was able to throw a laser to Cyril Grayson for the lead.
Brady addressed the entire debacle as a “difficult situation” with Brown. He was notified of the dismissal of Brown after the game, per ESPN.
Antonio Brown literally quit on Tom Brady in the middle of a game
I absolutely didn’t expect this reaction of immediate sympathy
who knows what AB is going thru but credit to Brady, this level of empathy & humanity in the moment is impressive pic.twitter.com/jl3sL8sCqL
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This is also the last straw for Brown, he was just accepted back to the team last week after his vaccination card scandal.
“We all love him and we care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best. Unfortunately, it won’t be with our team,” Brady said, adding that he will continue his friendship with Brown, and would encourage those around him to help him.
“I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening,” Brady said.
Running back and former teammate of Brown, Le’Veon Bell, echoed similar thoughts as Brady. Bell was just recently signed with the Bucs due to Leonard Fournette’s season-ending injury.
“I found out when we got into the locker room at the end of the game,” Bell said. “I instantly sent him a text, to try to catch up with him real quick. Obviously, he texted me back and I talked to him. He’s still one of my close friends. Like you won’t hear me talking bad about AB at all. Obviously, I understand, things happen, but he’s one of the closest friends I’ve been around, a close teammate, overall a good person. Some bad decision-making at times, but he’s human, not perfect, and we’ll continue to move on without him and keep moving forward.
“It’s tough. I was happy to be reunited with him. Unfortunately, it was only two games, but at the end of the day, I wish the best for him outside of football or whatever’s next for him.”