On Monday, Jan. 3, NFL star Antonio Brown was fired on the spot after dropping out mid-game. Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians declared Brown “no longer a Buc.”
“All right? That’s the end of the story. Let’s talk about the guys who went out there and won the game,” Arians added.
As the Buccaneers lost 24-10 to the New York Jets in the third round, Brown unexpectedly removed his pads and jersey, flinging his undershirt and gloves into the fans.
The football wide receiver then dashed across the field, waving a “peace” sign to the crowd and heading to the dressing room. He disregarded his colleagues’ appeals to stay on deck.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been affiliated with the NFL for over 30 years, and I have never seen anything like that in those 30 years,” said Daryl Johnston, a Fox Sports NFL analyst.
“Antonio Brown can’t return to the team after this. Tom Brady fought for this guy to be able to revive his career and this is how he rewards him?” Reporter Dov Kleiman wrote in his tweet.
“I have never seen anything like what I just saw with Antonio Brown,” former footballer Patrick Doody claimed according to News.com.au.
However, many viewers speculated that he suffered from mental health problems that needed to be handled.
Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 28-24 victory.
“It’s a difficult situation,” Brady said according to the Associated Press.
“Everybody should do what they can to help him in ways that he really needs it. We all love him. We care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best. Unfortunately, it won’t be with our team. … I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening,” he went on to say.
Brown recently received a three-game suspension for breaching the league’s COVID-19 procedures. He also has a history of strange behavior and personal conduct difficulties.
Because of sexual assault charges against him, Brown was released by New England after only 11 days and one game with the team in 2019.
The Oakland Raiders previously released him after failing to participate in a single game for the organization. Brown was fined more than $200,000 following a dispute with general manager Mike Maycock.
Here's a sideline view of what happened with Antonio Brown. Looks like Mike Evans was trying to calm him down but nothing was going to help. AB took everything off and left.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 2, 2022
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