Tampa, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially severed ties with Antonio Brown, terminating the contract of the injured player, who announced he was fired mid-match for not playing due to an eye injury. ankle.
The Bucs announced the move on Thursday, a day after Brown broke his silence on an odd exit from last Sunday’s win over the New York Jets.
Brown removed his shirt, shoulder pads, bra and gloves, then left the field after a side chat with coach Bruce Arians, who later said the player was no longer part of the team.
Brown, who has a long history of disruptive behavior on and off the pitch, including being accused of sexual assault by two women – one claims he raped her – said he walked away – threw some of his equipment into the stands and waved to fans at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, after he was cut for refusing to rejoin the game because of his ankle his.
“While Antonio was being treated for his ankle and was included in the injury report the week before Sunday’s game, he was given permission to play by our medical team prior to the start of the match. and no points in the match. let our medical staff know he was unable to compete,” Bucs said in a prepared statement.
“We have attempted, several times throughout this week, to schedule an evaluation by an outside chiropractor, but Antonio has not complied,” the statement added. “Maintaining the health and fitness of our players is of paramount importance to our organization.”
Although it was not known which ankle was injured, Brown – through a statement released by his attorney on Wednesday – said an MRI scan taken the day after the game showed broken bone fragments , ligament rupture and cartilage loss “couldn’t have been more painful. You can see the bulging bone from the outside.”
Arians said Monday that Brown did not claim he was injured when he refused to continue playing against the Jets. The coach declined to discuss the specifics of the side chat and insisted he had “no clue” why Brown reacted the way he did.
Despite saying after the game that Brown was no longer part of the defending Super Bowl champions, the 33-year-old was still on the list. Wednesday’s injury report noted Brown’s absence from practice was “injury-related – personal.”
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