NFL: Tampa Bay separates from receiver Antonio Brown
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers terminate wide receiver Antonio Brown’s contract » with immediate effect « , this Thursday, while he accuses them of having forced him to play injured, Sunday, against the New York Jets.
Brown had left the field suddenly, in the middle of a game, without an explanation, and coach Bruce Arians had said in the wake that he was « More a Buc ». Brown (33) claims Arians pressured him to play and that he had to take NFL-advised painkillers to avoid feeling bone fragments in his ankle as Arians claims to his side that the player did not complain about it before or during the match.
Brown had only played one game this season
Winner of the Super Bowl for his first season with Tampa Bay last year, Brown had played only one game (the previous week) in two months because of his ankle but the medical staff considered him ready. Brown’s future was already uncertain since the Buccaneers accused him in December of producing a fake vaccine pass. But the team also lacked an alternative to their post.
Shortly before being fired, Brown made public on social media the text messages he had with Arians and team star nutritionist Tom Brady, whom he accuses of taking $ 100,000 from him. without consideration. The player has finally publicly apologized to his teammates and Brady, whom he clears of any responsibility in the case.