Antonio Brown says Tampa Bay Buccaneers pressured him to play hurt against New York Jets after injecting ‘powerful and dangerous’ painkiller | NFL News

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Antonio Brown denied he “dropped” his Bucs teammates when he came out in the third quarter against the Jets, suggesting instead that he was fired by Bruce Arians after refusing to play with an ankle injury requiring surgery. ; Sky Sports has reached out to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for comment

Last updated: 06/01/22 9:30

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown leaves the pitch after taking off his shirt and throwing it into the stands.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown leaves the pitch after taking off his shirt and throwing it into the stands.

Antonio Brown accused the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of pressuring him to get him through an ankle injury that will require surgery despite “extreme pain” during Sunday’s victory over the New York Jets.

The wide receiver made headlines with his hasty exit at MetLife Stadium when he stripped off his shirt, shoulder pads and shirt before throwing the jersey and gloves into the stands and leaving the field with the Bucs behind in the third quarter.

In a lengthy statement released Wednesday by his attorney Sean Burstyn, Brown said he was fired by Bruce Arians after telling the Tampa manager he couldn’t return to the pitch due to his ankle. He added that an MRI had revealed broken bone fragments, a torn ligament from the bone, and loss of cartilage.

When asked about the post-match situation, Arians told reporters that Brown was “no longer a Buc” and said he did not inform him that he was not healthy enough to continue playing.

“Not really,” Ariani said. “I mean, what happened. It was pretty obvious what happened. He just left the pitch.”

“I wish him well,” Arians added on Monday. “I hope if he needs help, he gets some. It’s very difficult. I care about him.”

Sky Sports has reached out to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for comment.

In his statement Brown said: “I make mistakes. I’m working on myself and have positive influences around me. But one thing I don’t do is avoid playing hard on the pitch. Nobody can accuse me of not giving my best in every game.

“Due to my commitment to the game, I gave in to pressure directly from my manager to play injured. Despite the pain, I dressed, the staff injected me with what I now know is a powerful and sometimes dangerous pain reliever that the NFLPA has warned against use, and I gave my all for the team.

“I played until it was clear that I could not use my ankle to safely carry out my playing responsibilities. Also, the pain was extreme. I sat on the sidelines and my coach approached me, very upset. , and shouted, “What’s wrong with you? What’s wrong with you? ”I told him,“ It’s my ankle. ”But he knew it: it was well documented and we had discussed it.

“Then he ordered me to take the field. I said: ‘Coach, I can’t.’ He didn’t call for medical attention, but he yelled at me, “YOU DONE!” As he ran a finger down his throat. The coach told me that if I didn’t play badly, then I would be done with the Bucs. “

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf told Inside The Huddle that Antonio Brown must be

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Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf told Inside The Huddle that Antonio Brown must be “held accountable for his actions” after leaving his team midway through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game with the New York Jets on Sunday.

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf told Inside The Huddle that Antonio Brown must be “held accountable for his actions” after leaving his team midway through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game with the New York Jets on Sunday.

Brown further refuted claims that he abandoned his teammates, among whom Mike Evans had been seen trying to get the 33-year-old to stay on the sidelines before quarterback Tom Brady asked for compassion and empathy in his post-match presser.

“I haven’t stopped. I was cut,” the statement continued. “I did not stray from my brothers. I was thrown out. Being sacked on the sidelines for a painful injury was bad enough. Then came their ‘head spin’. The coach denied on national television that he knew about the my ankle.

“This is 100% inaccurate. Not only did he know I had lost several games due to injury, but he and I exchanged messages days before the game where he clearly recognized my injury. Of course he knew I was on the list of players. injured. And the GM acknowledged after the game in text messages to my pitch that I told the coach about my ankle pain on Sunday. “

Bruce Arians, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wished Antonio Brown well, despite the controversial departure of the wide receiver against the New York Jets.

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Bruce Arians, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wished Antonio Brown well, despite the controversial departure of the wide receiver against the New York Jets.

Bruce Arians, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wished Antonio Brown well, despite the controversial departure of the wide receiver against the New York Jets.

Brown missed five games earlier this season after sustaining an ankle injury in week six against the Philadelphia Eagles before being suspended for three games as punishment for holding a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. He was listed as questionable with an ankle injury on the Bucs injury report headed for week 17 after missing training on Thursday and Friday.

After releasing the statement on Twitter on behalf of the veteran, attorney Burstyn added that Brown “has never faked an injury in his life.”

“It’s amazing that people are spreading false rumors that what happened on Sunday was the result of mental health problems and not a known ankle injury,” he continued. “Mental health is important, but so is fundamental dignity.

“His injury can be clearly seen on the MRI image taken Monday morning. Among other things, you can clearly see a loose piece of BONE from the outside that is pressing into the ankle joint and a ligament has come off neatly. from the bone. (He will recover, but he needs surgery.) “

As of Thursday morning Brown has yet to be officially cut from the Bucs.

He concluded his statement by saying, “Once my surgery is complete, I’ll be 100% back and can’t wait for next season. Business will be BOOMIN!”

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