Tampa, Fla.-Coach Bruce Arians said on Monday that Antonio Brown recently left the NFL team Buccaneers in chaos and it has nothing to do with injuries.
Yes, the pirates are moving on from Brown, and his NFL career was once again put on hold in a series of incidents, including two women accused him of sexual assault in 2019.
But Arians dispelled Brown’s idea of rushing out of the court on Sunday-threw some of his equipment into the stands and waved to the fans at the Jets’ Metropolitan Stadium-because an ankle injury kept him out of the game for several weeks and refused to do it again. Return to the court.
On two occasions, Arians was asked about Brown’s claim that he was injured. On both occasions, the coach replied “no” and Brown did not tell him that he was injured.
“Obviously something happened. He left the court, nothing more,” Arians said, but declined to elaborate on what the coach said about his communication with the catcher on the sidelines.
When asked if Brown claimed that he was injured and unable to play, Arians replied: “We had a conversation and he left the court.”
When asked about the specifics that might make Brown react like his, the coach added: “You have to ask him, brother. I don’t have a clue.”
“I just hope he gets the best,” Arians said, while hardly explaining what caused Brown to take off his jersey, shoulder pads, and undershirt before leaving in the third quarter of his 28-24 Tampa Bay victory on Sunday. And gloves.
Arians added that he does not regret giving the often troubled receiver the opportunity to play with Tom Brady and revive a career that has been derailed by on-court and off-court issues-despite the fact that The weird way ends. Tampa Bay is Brown’s third team since the last full NFL season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018.
The 33-year-old Brown also had chaotic departures in Oakland and New England-was released before playing a game for the Raiders, and then only adapted during a short stay with the Brady-led Patriots in 2019 Once again.
“I wish him all the best. I hope if he needs help, please get some help,” said Arians, who served as Pittsburgh offensive coordinator when the Steelers drafted Brown in the sixth round in 2010. “It’s difficult because I really care about him.”
Brown stayed in the New York area and sat on the sidelines during the Brooklyn Nets’ loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
Brown had not participated in an NFL game for more than 13 months when he signed with the Buccaneers in October 2020. He was suspended for eight games for repeatedly violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. At the time, Brown was also facing a civil lawsuit filed by a female personal trainer in September 2019, accusing him of three sexual assaults, including rape.
Brown said in November 2020: “I took a lot of time from the game to re-evaluate myself, examine myself, see myself better, and work on myself from the inside out.”
Brady welcomed Tampa Bay’s decision to give Brown a chance and allowed the four-time all-around player to live with him in a quarterback rented from Baseball Hall of Fame member Derek Jett.
“I wouldn’t say that I am a different person, but I am a better person,” Brown said at the time. “I learned a lot about myself and trained myself in a year and a half. I think I am a better person.”
Several of Arians’ staff in Tampa Bay, including offensive coordinator Byron Lifewich, also worked with Brown early in the receiver’s career. Brown said he thinks these relationships will help him make the most of this opportunity.
For a while, it worked.
In the last eight games of last season, Brown had 45 catches, 483 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also contributed during the playoffs and caught the TD pass in the Bucs Super Bowl victory over Kansas City.
In May of last year, he signed another one-year contract and got off to a good start when he was absent from Philadelphia with an ankle injury in mid-October.
Two weeks ago, Brown was suspended for three games for misrepresenting his COVID-19 vaccination status with a fake card, and he caught the ball 10 times against Carolina at a distance of 101 yards.
In the game against the Jets, he had 3 catches for 26 yards, 42 catches for 545 yards and 4 touchdowns to end the season.
When Brown’s unstable behavior on and off the court caused Pittsburgh to trade him to Oakland in March 2019, an impressive six consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches and 1,000 yard catches ended.
The brief stay with the Raiders ended at Brown’s request and was released during training camp. At that time, after the Raiders started the summer that Brown and the team started, the deposit in Brown’s contract was invalid. Among other things, they missed a lot because they didn’t wear proper shoes during the cryotherapy and their feet were frostbited. train.
He also struggled with the NFL and threatened to retire if forced to wear a new helmet. He was later fined by the Raiders because the team said he was absent during training camp for no reason.
Brown also ugly left the New England team after catching four passes for 56 yards and scoring touchdowns in the only game with the Patriots, releasing him after the former coach accused him of sexual assault.
In the 12 NFL seasons, Brown has 928 catches, 12,291 yards and 83 touchdowns. He has received passes in the past 144 games, which is the longest consecutive on-base record in the league.
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