By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released wide receiver Antonio Brown. He spent parts of two seasons with the team.
He quit on his teammates on Sunday. During the third quarter of the Bucs game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Several teammates tried to cool down Brown. But he refused to listen. He took off his jersey, undershirt, and gloves before walking off the field.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have terminated the contract of Antonio Brown, effective immediately,” the Bucs said in a statement. “While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday’s game, he was cleared to play by our medical team before the start of the game, and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play.
“We have attempted, multiple times throughout this week, to schedule an evaluation by an outside orthopedic specialist, yet Antonio has not complied. Maintaining the health and wellness of our players is of the utmost importance to our organization.”
Following the game, head coach Bruce Arians said that Brown was ‘no longer a Buc.’
Brown claims that he should not have been playing with an injury. He says that he will have surgery soon on his ankle.
This season, he appeared in seven games. He made three starts.
The talented yet troubled wide receiver had 42 receptions for 545 yards and four touchdowns. He had three receptions for 26 yards against the Jets.