Antonio Brown became the headlines of the game where the Buccaneers won 28-24 against the NY Jets.
Receiver Antonio Brown had retired mid-game and was soon on the sidelines taking his jersey off and walking away from his team.
A clip released by CBS showed that Antonio Brown appeared to be upset on the sideline and inexplicably started to remove his jersey and pads while teammates pleaded with him to stay. A shirtless Brown could be seen throwing his undershirt into the stands as he made his way into the stadium’s tunnel while waving a peace sign.
“He is no longer a Buc, alright? That’s the end of the story,” head coach Bruce Arians said in a postgame interview.
Tom Brady Talks About Antonio Brown, Loves Him More Than Just A Teammate
Bucs QB Tom Brady told reporters after the game the incident was “obviously a difficult situation.”
Brady stated that the team loved him and cared about him deeply. He also added that their relationship went beyond just being teammates.
“I think everyone should be compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening.”
Brady said he was unaware of the details of the incident until after the game.
After the game, Antonio Brown tweeted a photo of himself with the cryptic caption “Super Gremlin.” A couple of hours later, Brown tweeted a link to his new single, “Pit Not The Palace.”
The incident comes weeks after Brown said he was suspended in December for three games without pay following a league investigation that determined he violated Covid-19 protocols.
In a news release, the NFL said there was evidence Brown and two other players had “misrepresented their vaccination status.” The other two players were Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards and free-agent wide receiver John Franklin III, who has been on the Bucs’ practice squad.
Antonio Brown had signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October 2020.