Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown Released, Contract Terminated

By  //  January 6, 2022

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Brown claims he was injected with a "powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller"

TAMPA, FLORIDA (FOX 35) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially terminated the contract for Antonio Brown and responded to his recent allegations in the days after he walked off the field in the middle of Sunday’s game.

The team released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying the decision is “effective immediately.”

Yesterday, Brown released a statement saying he played through extreme pain as the Bucs faced the Jets this past weekend.

He claimed he was injected with a “powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller,” and was pressured by an unnamed coach to play while injured.

He went on to describe a conversation he had with Bruce Arians on the sideline, saying the head coach asked, “What’s wrong with you? What’s wrong with you?”

Brown’s statement read in part:

I told him, ‘It’s my ankle.’ But he knew that. It was well-documented and we had discussed it. He then ordered me to get on the field. I said, ‘Coach, I can’t.’ He didn’t call for medical attention. Instead, he shouted at me, ‘YOU’RE DONE!’ while he ran his finger across his throat. Coach was telling me that if I didn’t play hurt, then I was done with the Bucs.”