Antonio Brown Releases Statement After Release from the Buccaneers

by Samantha Whidden
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On Wednesday (January 5th), NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown shared an official statement after being released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter revealed the statement from Antonio Brown. The football player stated that he expresses his gratitude to the Buccaneers, fans, and teammates. “The Bucs helped me return to productive football after I had difficulties that could have ended my career,” Brown declared. He also said that he and the team worked together to resolve those issues. “Being part of a Super Bowl championship team and then a contender is a dream come true.”

While discussing what happened on Sunday (January 2nd), Antonio Brown went on to explain that because of his commitment to the game, he relented to pressure directly from his coach to play injured. “Despite the pain, I suited up, the staff injected with what I now know was a powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller that the NFLPA has warned against using. And I gave it my all for the team.”

Antonio Brown stated that he played until it was clear that he could not use his ankle safely. He declared that the pain was so extreme. He decided to take a seat due to pain but was met with an angry coach. Brown said the coach knew about his injury. “It was well-documented and we had discussed it. He then ordered me to get on the field. I said, ‘Coach, I can’t.’ He didn’t call for medical attention. Instead, he shouted at me, ‘YOU’RE DONE!’ While he ran his finger across his throat.”

Antonio Brown revealed that he didn’t quit. He was cut. “I didn’t walk away from my brothers. I was thrown out. Being fired on the sidelines for having a painful injury was bad enough.”

Antonio Brown Shares His Side of the Sideline Story 

Also in his statement, Antonio Brown shared that Coach Bruce Arians knew about his ankle despite previous claims that he didn’t. “He obviously knew I was on the injury list. And the GM acknowledged after the game in text messages to my came that I did tell the coach about my ankle pain.”

Antonio Brown went on to say that he knew that the team was losing to the New York Jets and there was frustration. But he just couldn’t play with the injury. “Yes, I walked off the field. But there’s a major difference between launching from the line and taking hits, compared to jogging off the field with a rush of emotions going through your mind.”

The wide receiver then stated that he is reflecting on his reaction, but there was a trigger, which was someone telling him that he’s not allowed to feel pain. “I acknowledge my past. But my past does not make me a second-class citizen.”

Antonio Brown also revealed that on Monday (January 3rd) he had his ankle looked at. He was already scheduled for surgery. However, he called out the Buccaneers’ organization for the treatment he has received over the ankle.  He then says, “I love the Bucs fans. I love my teammates and everyone who showed me grace and believed in me. I gave the Bucs everything I had on the field. What the organization is doing now needs to be get cleaned up.”

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