Antonio Brown storms off mid-game
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown took off giving off a little drama in Sunday’s game with the New York Jets. Despite what happened, the Buccaneers held a 28-24 victory over the New York Jets.
Although it seems like an early retirement from Anthony Brown, a CBS video captured what went through the game. In the video, Brown was taking off his jersey on the sideline. While also walking away from the team. Though his teammates asked him to stay, Anthony Brown didn’t budge. He marched on shirtless as he threw his undershirt on the stands. Following this, he went straight to the MetLife stadium’s tunnel as he waves with a peace sign.
His teammates O.J. Howard and Mike Evans tried to calm him. However, he continued taking off his jersey and pads. The stadium security even thought that he was a fan who suddenly jumped onto the field.
Wow. Respectfully and Disrespectfully, there’s no comparison. Clearly you’ve been drinking the kool-aid. https://t.co/d6th2OAan2FEATURED STORIES
— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) January 2, 2022
One of the security officers said, “We thought he was a jumper.”They also stated that Brown asked the troopers for a ride to the airport. The latter refused and told him “No.
After his walkout, coach Bruce Arians declared that he is no longer a part of the Buccaneers. He said, “He is no longer a Buc. That’s the end of the story. Let’s talk about the guys that went out there and won the game.”
Arians were asked for more details about Brown’s sudden departure during the third quarter. He said, “I’m not talking about him. He’s no longer part of the Bucs.”
Just talked to Bruce Arians who said he was trying to get AB to go into game & AB refused. Tried again Brown refused & Arians told him to get out. On if he saw AB take his jersey off.
“Yeah, I did. Never seen anything like it in all my years.” @NFLonFOXADVERTISEMENT
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 2, 2022
Coach Arians also told Fox Sports that after the game where he was trying to get Brown in, he refused twice. Arians told him to “get out.” Arians also added, “Never seen anything like that in all my years.” This is following his taking off his equipment.
While a source denied to ESPN that he was benched, the source also confirmed that “Brown quit.” Meanwhile, another source also said that he didn’t use the team charter to fly back home.
After the game, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady told reporters that it was “obviously a difficult situation.” Brady added, “We all love him and care about him deeply. I think everyone should be compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening.”
What the hell is Antonio Brown doing?! pic.twitter.com/gdgSfrk0W4
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 2, 2022
Anthony Brown tweeted a photo of himself after the game. He captioned, “Super Gremlin.” A few hours later, Brown tweeted a link of his new single, “Pit Not The Palace.”
As for the root cause of Brown’s walkout, he said he was under suspension without pay for three games last December. Moreover, the NFL investigation showed that he violated Covid-19 protocols leading to his suspension.
The NFL said there was clear evidence that Brown and two players had a “misrepresentation of vaccine status.” The other two Buccaneers players were John Franklin III and Mike Edwards.
Brown first played with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. The Steelers drafted him and Brown played with them for nine seasons. Then Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders. But he was released before starting the regular-season game.
After the Raiders, Brown then signed with the New England Patriots. He even played one game before the Patriots decided to release him. This was days after he faced a lawsuit. His previous athletic trainers accused him of assault and rape in 2017 and 2018. Though Brown denied all the allegations, the NFL confirmed that there was an ongoing probe into Brown’s behavior.