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Bucs Coach Bruce Arians Tells What Led to Antonio Brown Mid-Game Exit

by Chris Haney
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Following Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown’s shocking mid-game exit this afternoon, head coach Bruce Arians explained the situation further to reporters after their equally stunning comeback victory.

On Sunday, last season’s Super Bowl champs traveled to play an away game against the New York Jets. The Bucs surprisingly struggled to keep up with a lackluster Jets team that’s been at the bottom of their division all season. While New York led 24-10 in the third quarter, cameras captured the former Pro Bowl receiver stripping on his team’s sideline.

Antonio Brown ripped off his jersey and shoulder pads and tossed them away. He then removed his gloves and undershirt and threw them into the stands to fans’ delight. The wide receiver then proceeded to walk across the field and through the end zone to the locker rooms. This all happened as play continued on the field.

Even with Antonio Brown’s controversial actions on their sideline, the Bucs rallied to beat the Jets late in the fourth quarter. The usual heroics of legendary quarterback Tom Brady kicked in as he led his team on a last-minute TD drive. While the Bucs took home the win in dramatic fashion, it was overshadowed after the game by Brown’s continued antics.

Head coach Bruce Arians flat out told reporters that Antonio Brown is no longer a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He explained how the incident began to FOX Sports reporter Jay Glazer who shared the details on Twitter.

“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,” Glazer tweeted. “On if he saw AB take his jersey off. ‘Yeah, I did. Never seen anything like it in all my years.'”

Antonio Brown’s NFL Career Likely Over After Latest Controversy

Sadly, this is far from Antonio Brown’s first incident on or off the field while in the NFL. The wide receiver had a prolific career during his first nine seasons in the league while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He made the Pro Bowl seven times, and led the league in receiving yards and receptions twice. Brown was widely known as one of the best receivers in the entire NFL for years.

However, things took a turn for the worst towards the end of the 2018 season. Antonio Brown allegedly got into an argument with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, skipped practices, and eventually requested a trade. The Steelers granted the request and sent Brown to the then-Oakland Raiders.

Brown didn’t even make it through training camp before further drama ensued. He refused to wear a new helmet that complied with updated safety regulations. It led to multiple fines and an altercation with the Raiders’ general manager.

Within a few days, the Raiders released the receiver, and he was immediately picked up by the New England Patriots. Two weeks later, and after making only one start in Week 2, the Pats released Antonio Brown because of his legal troubles. Allegations of sexual and personal misconduct off the field started to pile up, and the team distanced themselves from the former All-Pro.

Following a short retirement, the Bucs signed the receiver mid-year last season. He seemed to be getting his NFL career back on track and was part of their Super Bowl-winning run during the 2020 campaign. Yet his most recent antics this afternoon along with his history of drama on and off the gridiron will be hard to bounce back from. Don’t be surprised if we never see Antonio Brown in an NFL uniform again.