Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians stated that Antonio Brown has been “nouvered a Buc”. This is despite the bizarre departure of wide receiver Antonio Brown from Sunday’s match. Brown, who was trailing by two touchdowns the New York Jets, removed his jersey, shoulder pads and shirt and ran into the locker room.
Brown appeared to gesture for the crowd to cheer on his way into the tunnel, despite being in the middle of a road game at the Jets’ home stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
At his postgame press conference, Arians said Brown was “no longer a Buc,” but didn’t have any further comment. About an hour after the game ended, Arians told Jay Glazer of “Fox NFL Sunday” that he tried to get Brown to go back into the game on two separate occasions but Brown refused. Arians told Brown to go. Referring to the way Brown exited, the 69-year-old coach told Glazer that he had “never seen anything like it in all my years. “
Quarterback Tom Brady said in his postgame conference that it was a difficult situation and that people should do what they can “to help him get the support he needs.” “
” We all love him,” Brady said. We care deeply about him. He should be his best. It won’t happen with our team unfortunately, but there are many frienships we can rely on to last. … Everyone should show compassion and empathy for the very difficult situations that we are facing. “
Brown, who was once one of the most prominent receivers in the NFL has experienced issues on and off the football field. The 33-year-old spent nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but eventually his relationship with the team and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger deteriorated to the point that Brown requested a trade.
Brown was traded to the then-Oakland Raiders in 2019, but a bizarre preseason injury, a fight with the league over the type of helmet he wanted to wear and a meeting with general manager Mike Mayock that reportedly became extremely contentious all culminated in Brown being released by the team before playing a single game with them. Brown was also released by Raiders. He signed a 1-year contract with the New England Patriots that same day. Brady had then been quarterbacked by Brown. Brown was then accused of sexual assault and sued over the incidents, which allegedly took place in 2017 and 2018. Brown was released after playing one game with the Patriots.
During the 2020 offseason, Brown was suspended by the NFL for eight weeks for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. On April 8, 2020, Brown signed with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, now quarterbacked by Brady. He made his debut in week 9 of the 2020 season following his suspension. That season, the Bucs won Super Bowl LV.
Earlier this year, Brown was suspended three games after he and two other teammates “misrepresented their vaccination status. “
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