To make matters even worse for Antonio Brown on Sunday, when he left the field shirtless mid-game, MetLife Stadium security thought he was a fan and he almost got tackled for heading into the locker room.
On Sunday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolled into MetLife Stadium to face off against the New York Jets. While down 24-10 in the third quarter, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians tried to send Brown back into the game for the next play. For reasons that are still unknown, the wide receiver refused twice, so Arians told him to “get out.” That’s when Antonio Brown stripped down to just his pants and cleats. He threw his jersey and shoulder pads to the side and tossed his gloves and undershirt into the stands.
Brown then walked off the field through the end zone as the game continued on. It was a shocking scene and one that Arians said he had never witnessed in his lengthy football career. Yet further reports shared that the incident almost got even worse for the seven-time Pro Bowler.
As Brown walked down the tunnel to the locker room, he almost got taken down by stadium security guards. They didn’t recognize him, and originally mistook the shirtless wide receiver for a fan rushing the field. MetLife Stadium security told ESPN that at first they thought Brown was a fan who leaped onto the gridiron.
“We thought he was a jumper,” a security officer said to ESPN. “He was shirtless and didn’t have his wallet.”
The matter was quickly resolved, but it’s added confusion to an already puzzling incident. Following the game, Arians immediately confirmed Antonio Brown is no longer a Buc. This may be the last time we see him in the NFL, but you couldn’t tell by his car ride home.
Antonio Brown Casually Takes An Uber Ride From the Stadium
While there’s nothing normal about today’s incident with Antonio Brown, it seems to get stranger by the minute. The receiver shared a series of odd posts on Instagram after the game, including one that stated “Big MAD (Making A Difference ). Thanks for the opportunity.” In addition, he randomly released a rap song titled “Pit Not the Palace” this evening.
Now, a video is making the rounds online of Antonio Brown’s casual ride out of MetLife Stadium. As the driver shoots a quick video of Brown in the backseat, the wide receiver is all smiles. He waves at the camera while on his phone, and doesn’t seem to be bothered at all by the controversial mid-game moment.
“Antonio Brown got a nice Uber ride home from the game (via @Dannyboyhustlehard),” the outlet posted.
According to the same ESPN article, the security officer said Brown asked state troopers for a ride to the airport while in the tunnel. They declined his request, so he went to the locker room, got changed, and found a different method of transportation. And now we know how he made his unceremonious exit.