Tampa Bay Buccaneers white receiver Antonio Brown strangely and abruptly left his team’s side and went to the locker room, with his team that lost to the Jets on Sunday afternoon.
In the third quarter in East Rutherford, NJ, Brown unbuttoned his helmet, jersey and shoulder straps, then unbuttoned his undershirt, then gestured for silence while jogging into the visiting team’s locker room through the final zone.
Brown, who caught three catches for 26 yards on Sunday, reacted to being coached by Bruce Arians on the bench in the game. After he left, the Buchananers came back and won 28-24.
In a video conference call with reporters after the game, Arians said the team would release Brown.
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“He’s not a book anymore,” Arians said. “It simply came to our notice then. Go there and talk about the guys who won the game.
Quarterback Tom Brady, who recruited Brown to Tampa Bay, called the eruption a “difficult situation.”
“I hope everyone does their best to help him in the ways he really needs to,” Brady said. “We all love him. We have a deep concern for him. We want to see him as the best, unfortunately it will not be on our team.
This episode is the latest in a series of violations and incidents in Brown’s 12-year NFL career. He returned to play last week from a three-game suspension as a result of the NFL investigation. The team was given a fake Govt-19 vaccination card. After taking 10 passes for 101 yards against the Carolina Panthers last week, Brown declined to respond boldly to a reporter’s question about his suspension: “I do not want to talk about it. You’re all play. It’s about football.
Buchanan signed Brown in October 2020, and he will start playing next month. Eight-game suspension He was charged by the NFL for his role in a dispute with a moving company employee, for which he pleaded not guilty to theft and battery charges and was disqualified for two years. He was also convicted of sending threatening text messages to a woman he accused of sexually abusing her.
Following Brown’s public criticism of quarterback Ben Rothlisberger, he left the Pittsburgh Steelers in turmoil in 2019, but the Oakland Raiders signed on to the receiver that year. His tenure in Auckland was marked by extraordinary circumstances, including his absence from training camp with an ice injury. He was released from playing any game after an argument with Riders general manager Mike Mayo.
The New England Patriots signed Brown a few days later because Brady, in the final season of the quarterback with the team, insisted on his behalf. Three days after Brown was added, he was indicted on a sexual assault charge, which was later settled. Brown played in the regular season game for the Patriots, before Sports Illustrated reported sending threatening messages to a woman who accused him of sexually abusing her. The Patriots released him on September 20, 2019, and the NFL imposed an eight-game suspension during his free agency.
As his suspension ended, Tampa Bay signed Brown in 2020. Arians said at the time that Brown would have little tolerance. “We have nothing to do with this deal,” Arians told a news conference in October. “He screwed up once, he’s gone. I do not think he will play because he wants to play.
But even after the receiver was suspended in connection with the vaccine fraud, Arians voiced support for Brown.
Brown was selected for seven Pro Bowls, and in two seasons with the Buccaneers, he recorded 1,002 yards and eight touchdowns, as well as one during last season’s Super Bowl victory over Kansas City.