Antonio Brown has finally opened up about his dispute with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Bruce Arians.
Following the athlete’s dramatic mid-game exit, the wide receiver claimed that his actions were influenced by Arians’ lack of consideration for his well-being.
As shared by TMZ, the NFL star accusations also extended to the Bucs’ staff, who allegedly injected him with a dangerous drug on that fateful day.
Antonio Brown Claims He Was Thrown Out
On Sunday, January 2, fans were rendered speechless after Brown stripped and walked off the field in the third quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Jets.
Days after the bizarre incident, the 33-year-old shared his side of the story through a statement released by his attorney.
In the lengthy message, the athlete explained that the viral moment occurred because of his “commitment to the game.”
Despite suffering from an ankle injury, the Bucs’ player allegedly joined the game after being pressured by Arians and injected with a “powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller” by the Bucs’ staff.
Once the pain became unbearable, Brown sought refuge on the sidelines. However, this decision gave rise to the heated exchange between the athlete and his coach.
As described in the NFL star’s statement, Arians stormed up to the injured player and demanded that he return to the game.
When the father-of-five refused, citing his ankle as the cause for distress, the head coach allegedly threatened to kick the athlete off the team. In the wide receiver’s words:
“He didn’t call for medical attention. Instead, he shouted at me, ‘YOU’RE DONE!’ while he ran his finger across his throat. Coach was telling me that if I didn’t play hurt, then I was done with the Bucs.”
In conclusion, Brown clarified that he didn’t quit the game or choose to abandon his teammates; rather, he was “cut and thrown out” for prioritizing his well-being.
The Wide Receiver May No Longer Be “A Buc”
The story keeps getting interesting as both sides have a completely different view about what went down. As for Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach, Arians claimed he was unaware of Brown’s injured ankle.
Health over Wealth # Barbarian pic.twitter.com/5pxjpZ6491
— AB (@AB84) January 6, 2022
Sadly, the head coach’s words weren’t worth much on their own as the offended athlete shared screenshots of his text message exchange with Arians on Twitter.
The coach had reached out to Brown about their upcoming game, to which the NFL player replied with an image of a male masseuse massaging his ankle.
In addition to this picture, the 33-year-old stated that he couldn’t play to his fullest potential as his ankle wasn’t in the best condition.
However, Arians implored the athlete to see him the next day to discuss the matter further. At the time, the coach had not responded to this new turn of events.
The Blast previously revealed that this might be the end of the veteran wideout player’s career as the story unfolds.
Although the wide receiver’s dramatic exit didn’t stop the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from winning against the New York Jets, Arians stated that AB was “no longer a Buc.”