Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) points to the crowd as he leaves the field during his team’s offense against the New York Jets in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 is East Rutherford, NJ Brown left the game and did not return.
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Antonio Brown is no longer a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, says head coach Bruce Arians after the wide receiver left the field in Sunday’s 28:24 win over the New York Jets.
Brown took off his shoulder pads and jersey, ran across the end zone and went to the team’s locker room in the middle of the third quarter of Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium.
The Buccaneers lagged 24-10 at the time, going down offensively, but Brown wasn’t among the players in the game.
When asked about Brown in his post-game press conference, Arian said, “He’s no longer Buc. This is the end of the story.”
According to the FOX show, Brown “boiled over” something and couldn’t be convinced to stay on the sidelines with the team.
Co-recipient Mike Evans tried to prevent Brown from taking off his shoulder pads, but to no avail.
Brown stood in the end zone and made a “gesture of peace” to the crowd as the teams played across the field.
Brown had three receptions on five targets for 26 yards at the time of his departure. He has 42 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season.
The 33-year-old has a trail of off-field incidents, distractions and legal issues that date back to the beginning of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most recently Brown was banned from the NFL for three games this season for forging a COVID-19 vaccine ID.
Brown spent the first half of the 2020 season banned for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal code of conduct. In January 2020, he faced the Florida police on charges of battery, breaking into an unoccupied vehicle, and criminal mischief.
He was released by the New England Patriots after playing a game in 2019 on charges of sexual misconduct and threatening text messages to his accuser. New England picked Brown up after he was fired by the then Oakland Raiders before playing in a game due to multiple controversies.