Antonio Brown ‘No Longer a Buc’ After Tossing Uniform, Pads into Stands 

In Summary

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told the four-time All-Pro wide receiver to go into the game. He refused because he didn’t believe that he was healthy. 

UPDATE: Jan. 3, 2022 – 7:30 a.m. EST

New developments are emerging on what led Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown to storm off the field against the New York Jets. 

According to Ian Rapoport, head coach Bruce Arians and the offensive coaches told the seven-time Pro Bowler to go into the game. However, Brown, who had been dealing with an ankle injury, refused because he did not believe he was healthy enough to play. Arians and the offensive coaches then threw him out of the sidelines and cut ties with him. 


Antonio Brown was a trusted wide receiver on the field, given chance after chance because of his immeasurable talent.   

Off the field is where his trouble loomed.  

But on Sunday, during live action against the New York Jets, Browns’ untrustworthiness spilled on the field after he took off his jersey, gloves, and shoulder pads then tossed them into the stands. He paraded across the endzone in the middle of a play and pumped up the fans hysterically before exiting MetLife Stadium.  

It was a catastrophic meltdown.  

Tamba Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans attempted to calm down his teammate during his bubbling frustration, but Browns’ fuse was lit.  

Immediately after the come-from-behind 28-24 win against the lowly Jets, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians emphatically said Brown is “no longer a Buc.”  

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady befriended Brown, dating back to Browns’ one-game stint in New England in 2019, the same year Brown was accused of raping and sexually assaulting his female trainer in a September lawsuit.  

Brown signed with the Buccaneers in October of 2019. Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl in February. In January 2020, an independent arbitrator ruled Brown must pay $100,000 to the victim for violating a confidentiality agreement signed during settlement.  

RELATED: Antonio Brown, 2 More Players Suspended for Violating NFL’s COVID-19 Rules  

Along with two other teammates, Brown recently returned from a 3-game suspension for using a fake vaccination card.  

But Brady still supported Brown on and off the field, who said spectators of Browns’ tirade should show compassion towards him. Brady also said he did not see Browns’ outburst in real-time and only learned what happened after the game.  

Brown lived with Brady in New England and Tamba Bay while Brown was trying to find a place to stay in his new city of employment.  

CTE was trending on social media after witnessing the most bizarre moment in the 2021-22 NFL season. Outsiders speculated about Browns’ mental health.  

CTE is a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma and concussions, and is typically only found during an autopsy.   

Stage 2 CTE is a severe stage of the brain disease and can cause suicidal thoughts, mood swings, depression and a loss of motivation. Some individuals may also show signs of impulsive behavior.   

This degenerative brain disorder can go as high as stage 4, causing dementia.    

As for Brown, his latest episode will end his chapter in the NFL as one of the most prolific and erratic talents of all time.  

RELATED: Former NFL Player Found Dead in Hotel had Stage 2 CTE  

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