Antonio Brown no longer a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, says head coach Bruce Arians | NFL News

Antonio Brown took off his shoulder pads and shirt, crossed the end zone and headed to the Tampa Bay locker room in the middle of the third quarter of Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets; Bruce Arians said: “He is no longer a Buc. This is the end of the story”

Last updated: 02/01/22 22:27

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Watch Antonio Brown leave the pitch after taking off his shirt and throwing it into the stands

Watch Antonio Brown leave the pitch after taking off his shirt and throwing it into the stands

Antonio Brown is no longer a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, says head coach Bruce Arians, after the wide receiver left the field during Sunday’s 28-24 win against the New York Jets.

Brown took off his shoulder pads and shirt, crossed the end zone and headed to the team’s locker room midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium.

The Buccaneers were behind 24-10 at the time and were driving down on offense, but Brown was not among the players in the game.

Asked about Brown in his post-match press conference, Ariani said, “He’s not a Buc anymore.

“This is the end of the story.”

According to the FOX broadcast, Brown was “seething” about something and couldn’t be persuaded to stay with the team on the sidelines.

Fellow receiver Mike Evans tried to stop Brown from taking off his shoulder pads, but was unsuccessful.

Brown was seen standing in the end zone, making a “pacification” gesture to the crowd, as the teams were playing across the field.

Brown received three receptions on five targets for 26 yards by the time he left. He has 42 tricks for 545 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season.

The 33-year-old has a string of off-pitch incidents, distractions and legal problems dating back to the start of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most recently, Brown was suspended for three games by the NFL this season for forging a COVID-19 vaccine card.

Brown spent the first half of the 2020 season suspended for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He surrendered himself to police in Florida in January 2020 on charges of beatings, burglary of an unoccupied means of transport and criminal offenses.

He was released by the New England Patriots after a match in 2019 due to allegations of sexual misconduct and threatening text messages sent to his accuser. New England picked up Brown after he was released by the then Oakland Raiders before he played in a game due to multiple controversies.

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