Antonio Brown Tweets ‘Health Over Wealth’; Forced to Play With Injuries

In Summary

The Antonio Brown and Tampa Bay Buccaneers saga continues. This time, Brown reveals he was dealing with injuries, which is why he refused to go into the game. 

According to Antonio Brown, he was cut. He did not quit. 

Brown, who was released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster on Thursday, released a biblically-long statement detailing how head coach Bruce Arians knew he had been dealing with an ankle injury. Brown said he wasn’t 100% and refused to go into game. 

Brown explained once he refused, Arians told him “You’re gone!” 

The embattled wide receiver, in a statement via his attorney Sean Burstyn, explained his sideline outburst. 

“Because of my commitment to the game, I relented to pressure directly from my coach to play injured,” the statement read. “Despite the pain, I suited up, the staff injected me with what I know now was a powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller that the NFLPA has warned against using, and I gave it my all for my team,” Brown said in part in the statement obtained by PEOPLE. 

Brown added, “I played until I could not use my ankle to safely perform my playing responsibilities.” 

After the game, Arians told reporters Brown is “no longer a Buc.” 

Brown also released alleged text messages, showing Arians knew of his injuries prior to the game. 

The text messages showed Brown working with Tom Brady’s trainer, Alex Guerrero. Brown posted text messages with Guerrero on Instagram, showing he asked for half of $100,000 payment back due to him discontinuing the relationship with Guerrero. 

Brown also tagged Brady in the post. 

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