The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ended Antonio Brown’s contract, which means it will end right away. Brown said that the Super Bowl winners forced him to play with an injured ankle that will need surgery, even though he was in “extreme pain” during Sunday’s win over the New York Jets.
Less than 24 hours after Brown’s claims, the Buccaneers said they were letting go of the wide receiver, who ran off the field in the third quarter of his last game, which caused a lot of controversies.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have terminated the contract of Antonio Brown, effective immediately,” a team statement read.
“While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday’s game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play.”
“We have attempted, multiple times throughout this week, to schedule an evaluation by an outside orthopaedic specialist, yet Antonio has not complied, Maintaining the health and wellness of our players is of the utmost importance to our organisation.”
Brown first got a lot of attention when he left the field quickly at MetLife Stadium. He took off his jersey, shoulder pads, and undershirt, threw his shirt and gloves into the stands, and left the field while the Bucs were losing.
Then, through his lawyer Sean Burstyn, he gave a long speech on Wednesday. Brown said that Bruce Arians fired him after he told him that he couldn’t come back to the game because of his ankle.
Antonio Brown’s Time With the Bucs
|October 27, 2020: Antonio Brown signs with the Bucs|
|February 7, 2021: Bucs win Super Bowl, Brown catches TD|
|May 25, 2021: Brown signs one-year, $6.25 million extension|
|December 2, 2021: Brown suspended for three games by the NFL for misrepresenting his Covid vaccination status|
|January 2, 2021: AB leaves field midway through Bucs game vs Jets; coach Bruce Arians says he’s “no longer a Buc”|
|January 3, 2021: Arians denies reports that Brown had an injury preventing him from playing|
|January 5, 2021: Brown releases statement via agent saying he was forced to play hurt after ‘dangerous’ injection|
|January 6, 2021: The Buccaneers officially release Brown|
Brown also said that an MRI showed pieces of broken bone, a torn ligament, and lost cartilage. The next day, on Thursday, the 33-year-old wide receiver posted screenshots of what he said were texts he and Arians sent each other before the Jets game.
In it, Brown gets a message that begins “This is BA” and says, “Make sure you are ready to go tomorrow. We ARE NOT resting for the playoffs.”
Brown replies: “I’m all in coach really can’t (sic) get to full speed I wanna win wanna be there if I wake up tomorrow feel better I’ll be ready (sic).” Brown tweeted, “Health over Wealth # Barbarian,” along with the screenshot.
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Antonio Brown was in his second season with the Buccaneers. Last year, he helped Tampa Bay win the Super Bowl. He went back to Twitter to say that his teammates, including quarterback Tom Brady, had his back.
“Don’t get it twisted. My brothers have been good to me. From Tom to practice squad, we were a top-level unit. They have been good to me and knew nothing about my talks with coach last week. The team mishandled this situation. They let me down and, more importantly, my teammates.”
Arians Brown Did Not Emphasize Injuries
After the team released their statement, head coach Arians talked about what led to the dramatic walk-off at MetLife Stadium. He said that he didn’t know about the wide receiver’s health problems.
“At no point in time during that game did he ever ask the trainer or doctor about his ankle, that’s the normal protocol,” Arians said.
“I was never notified of it, so obviously, that was the disturbing thing when we were looking for him to go back in the game. He was very upset at half-time about who was getting targeted, we got that calmed down, the players took care of that.”
AB not crazy
— AB (@AB84) October 29, 2022
“It started again on the sideline, we called for the personnel group he had played in the entire game, he refused to go in the game. That’s when I looked back and saw him basically wave off the coach.”
“I went back and approached him about what was going on, ‘I ain’t playing’, ‘What’s going on?’, ‘I ain’t getting involved’. That’s when I said, ‘you’re done, get the f out of here’. And that’s the end of it.”
Brown’s accusations “hurt” Arians, but he said, “I still just wish the best for him. Just get the help you need.”
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