REPORTS: Tampa Bay Coaches Asked Antonio Brown to Leave Mid-Way Against Jets

Published 01/03/2022, 3:09 PM EST


Antonio Brown is arguably the most controversial sports personality in the world. Every time one thinks that the explosive wide receiver has turned over a new leaf, Brown comes and surprises everyone. His most recent antic however has cost him his job with the Bucs.

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Tampa Bay HC Bruce Arians on controversial WR

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Last night, Tampa Bay Buccaneers went toe to toe against the New York Jets. While the Bucs won the match, there was plenty of drama before the third quarter. Controversy’s favorite child Antonio Brown shockingly left field throwing away his kit and waving goodbye to the fans.

Post-match, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians were quipped about his reaction to Brown’s humiliating conduct. In response, Arians had only one answer – “He is no longer a Buc. That’s the end of the story.”

Latest reports reveal that Antonio Brown was asked to leave the field

While everyone is still stunned with Brown leaving midway, what’s even more baffling is why did he leave? However, it looks like we now have an answer. A few hours ago, reliable NFL insider Ian Rapoport revealed that the cause for Brown’s exit was a misunderstanding.

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Brown during the match felt discomfort in his ankle and hence didn’t want to enter the field. However, the Bucs coaches were of the opposing opinion. “What he told the staff, from what I understand, is that he was not going into the game because, in his mind, he did not feel he was healthy,” Rapoport said.

Dec 26, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs the ball against Carolina Panthers cornerback Keith Taylor (28) during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports| Credit-Reuters

Reportedly, the Bucs coaches responded in hostility as they asked him to leave if he was not going to play; and the rest, as they say, is history.“The response then from the offensive coaches and from Bruce Arians was, ‘If you are not gonna go into the game when we tell you to go into the game, then you cannot be here.’ At that point, they threw him off the sidelines and then cut him from the team,” reported Rapoport.

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What do you think of this latest revelation? Is Antonio Brown innocent? Was he right in leaving the field or did he grossly over-react? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xavier's College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite soccer club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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