‘Betrayed’ Antonio Brown Reveals Unheard Conversations That Led to His Infamous Walk-Off: “Tom Called Me”

Published 06/24/2023, 1:36 PM EDT

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Antonio Brown is one of the most intriguing figures in sports. The 7x Pro Bowl WR has always reserved a spot for himself in the news, with his weekly bout of controversies. As he continues to deal with the repercussions of his failed Albany Empire venture, Brown decided to finally open up about the unseen side of his infamous walk-off, which marked the end of his NFL career. 

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Appearing on the equally controversial, Tyreek Hill’s podcast, Brown spoke about his controversial decision to walk off the field in the middle of a game with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While much has been made of that infamous day from January 2022, Brown finally decided to come clean about his side of the story. 

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In the latest episode of Tyreek Hill’s podcast ‘It Needed To Be Said,’ Brown made shocking revelations about his relationship with Brady and the Buccaneers. Antonio Brown revealed that Tom Brady had personally reached out to him before their infamous game against the Jets. Brady would convince Brown to suit up for the game, even though the WR admitted that he was injured at the time. 

“Tom called me like, yo this week man, the Jets, man they sweet man. Imma hit you with like 10 to 12. So he gonna gas me up so you know me that’s all I need to hear, like yo you gonna throw me the ball,” Brown told Hill on the podcast. 

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AB revealed that he had requested the team and management to rest him in the lead-up to the playoffs, owing to his injury concerns. But Brown eventually arrived in New York to suit up for the game, allegedly influenced by Brady and the Buccaneers’ management, who convinced him that his presence on the field was crucial. But as he stepped into the Jets Stadium, Brown revealed the betrayal that he faced. 

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Brown had already had several disputes with the Bucs coaching staff and HC Bruce Arians. But prior to the start of their game against the Jets, Brown would feel patronised by Brady and the Bucs, even though he had made the decision to play through an injury. 

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“I already know they treated me like, they treated me like I’m a little dog. So now I just see it’s like sideways, and then Tom trainer, he like he don’t want to work with me no more.”

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Following his clashes with HC Bruce Arians and the final betrayal that he faced from Tom Brady, AB would reach his breaking point, eventually storming off teh field in the middle of their game against the Jets. 

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It is worth noting that this was not an isolated occurrence. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Brown faced a series of off-field issues that marred his reputation and led to his departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders. However, his time in Tampa Bay was an opportunity for his redemption. Unfortunately, the underlying tensions and conflicts within the team proved too much to bear. 

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Armaan Gupta is an NFL Writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Media and Communication from a prestigious university. Gupta's love for football spans different leagues, from NFL to College Football to XFL.
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