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(UPDATED 1/6/2022) About Antonio Brown’s bizarre exit from the Buccaneers vs Jets game

During Sunday’s NFL game between the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the hosting New York Jets, Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown got into an argument on the sideline, took his helmet, jersey, and upper body pads off, and walked off the field during the third quarter of the game while play was ongoing.

AB’s bizarre exit became the talk of the NFL world on Sunday. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians stated that AB was “no longer a Buc” after the game. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady asked for empathy and stated that AB needs help. FOX Sports NFL studio analyst Terry Bradshaw made controversial remarks calling for AB to be put in a straitjacket and taken to a hospital, which I view as unnecessarily harsh comments from Bradshaw.

Despite Arians’s postgame remarks, the Buccaneers, at the time of the writing of the original version of this post, had not yet officially cut AB despite his bizarre exit from Sunday’s game, but the Buccaneers officially cut AB on Thursday.

AB has a long history of on-field and off-the-field antics, so few people are going to give AB the benefit of the doubt about anything. However, what may have triggered AB to exit Sunday’s game in such a bizarre manner is Arians wanting to put AB onto the field despite AB believing that he was still too injured to compete:

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported on ‘Good Morning Football’ that the disagreement stemmed from Arians wanting to put Brown in the game when the wide receiver felt he was not healthy enough to play. Brown was a limited participant in practice in the week leading up to the game because of an ankle injury.

“Midway through the game yesterday, Bruce Arians and the offensive staff told Antonio Brown to go into the game. They believed he was healthy. Antonio Brown did not believe he was healthy,” Rapoport told host Kay Adams. “He had been battling an ankle injury for the last several weeks, did not practice Thursday, did not practice Friday, and I know personally had some doubts whether or not he would be able to be out there and play.

“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. The response then from the offensive coaches and Bruce Arians was, ‘If you are not going to 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.”

If Rapoport’s account about Arians wanting to put AB in the game while he didn’t feel like he was physically able to play is true, then the NFL should investigate the matter and consider disciplinary action against Arians. Forcing a player to play while injured is absolutely unacceptable.

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