On Thursday, wide receiver Antonio Brown has his contract terminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN reports, four days after he ran off the field in the middle of the game against the New York Jets. This is the culmination of an ongoing dispute between Brown and the Buccaneers, especially Head Coach Bruce Arians.
The team has insisted that Brown did not notify them of continued trouble with an ongoing ankle injury he had sustained earlier in the season, which is what he blamed his abrupt departure on.
“While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday’s game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play,” the team said in a statement.
“We have attempted, multiple times throughout this week, to schedule an evaluation by an outside orthopedic specialist, yet Antonio has not complied. Maintaining the health and wellness of our players is of the utmost importance to our organization.”
On Thursday morning, before his termination was announced, Brown started posting screenshots to show that he and Arians had discussed his ankle last week, captioning them, “Coach said we never talked.”
But it was his post about teammate Tom Brady‘s trainer Alex Guerrero that really caught people’s attention, tagging Brady and writing, “@TomBrady guy @ag_TB12 charging $100K never doing the work on me! how u even work wit people like this! This is what I was dealing wit.” He posted something similar on Twitter, which he later took down, with, “… must be was apart of these guys plans all Along.”
The post included a screenshot of his text convo with Guerrero and in it, he accidentally posted a pic of his bank account information.
Obviously, he deleted it, but fans were already clowning on him for the mistake:
And a lot of people felt that Brown’s post didn’t even really show Guerrero in a bad light, so they’re not sure why he’s so mad.
Brown has clarified that he’s not mad at any of his teammates, even Tom Brady (though no one seems to get why he would be), and wrote this on Twitter:
“Don’t get it twisted. My brothers have been good to me. From Tom [Brady] to practice squad, we were a top-level unit. They have been good to me and knew nothing about my talks with coach last week. The team mishandled this situation. They let me down and, more importantly, my teammates.”
Brown hurt his ankle injury in Week 6 and missed five games afterward, then got suspended for three more games for using a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.