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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s wide receiver Antonio Brown broke out in frustration on the visitors’ sideline at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, leaving the field in the third quarter with coach Bruce Arians announcing after the game that he is no longer a member of the team.
“He’s no longer a Buc,” the Arians said after the Buccaneers’ 28-24 victory over the New York Jets. “That’s the end of the story. Let’s talk about the guys who went out there and won the fight.”
When asked about more details about what led to Brown’s departure, Arians said, “I’m not talking about him. He’s no longer part of the Bucs.
A source told ESPN that Brown was not on the bench. “I have resigned,” the source said. Brown did not fly home on the team charter, according to another source.
Teammates Mike Evans and OJ Howard tried to reassure Brown, who took off his shirt, pillows and undershirt and threw his shirt and gloves down on the stand. He then crashed across the goal zone while both teams were on the field, waving to fans as he walked to the locker room.
MetLife Stadium security told ESPN that at first they thought Brown was a fan who jumped on the field.
“We thought he was a jumper,” a security officer said, adding that as Brown walked through the tunnel, he asked state troopers for a ride to the airport, but they said to him, “No.”
“He was shirtless and did not have his purse,” the security officer said, adding that Brown switched in the locker room and was able to get alternative transportation to the airport.
Arier told Fox Sports after the game that he tried to get Brown to enter the game, and Brown refused twice when the Arians told him to “get out.” Arians added to Fox Sports regarding Brown’s takeover of his equipment: “Never seen anything like it in all my years.”
Arians added to ESPN that he “did not know why” Brown did not want to go inside. When asked if Brown’s ankle may have played a role in his refusal to play – he was officially questionable for the match due to the injury – Arians said, “No.”
At the time of the game, the Bucs were down 24-10, but they took the lead with 21 seconds left when quarterback Tom Brady raised a 33-yard pass to wide receiver Cyril Grayson to get a touchdown.
Brady called it a “difficult situation” with Brown. He was not notified of Brown’s dismissal until after the match.
It’s also the latest mistake for Brown. Last week, I returned to the Bucs after a three-game suspension by the NFL to hand in a fake vaccination card. He captured 10 passes for 101 receiving yards and accused the media of “creating drama.”
“We all love him. We love him very much. We want to see him be at his best. Unfortunately, it will not be with our team,” Brady said, adding that he will continue his friendship with Brown, and will encourage them around him to help him.
“I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic about some very difficult things happening,” Brady said.
Running back Le’Veon Bell, who has just signed with the Bucs and was Brown’s teammate with the Pittsburgh Steelers, repeated Brady’s comments.
“I found out when we entered the locker room at the end of the match,” Bell said. “I texted him right away to try to catch up with him pretty quickly. Obviously he texted me and I talked to him. He’s still one of my close friends. As if you’re at all do not want to hear me talk bad about AB I understand of course that things happen, but he is one of my closest friends I have been around, a close teammate, generally a good person.Sometimes bad decisions, but human, not perfect and we will continue to move forward without him and move forward.
“It’s tough. Of course, when I came over here, I was happy to be reunited with him. Unfortunately, it was only two games, but in the end I wish the best for him outside of football or whatever happens now. for him. “