TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Antonio Brown says he didn’t stop on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the course of the center of a recreation, however reasonably he was minimize after refusing to play by means of an ankle harm that sidelined him for a number of weeks this season.
The oft-troubled vast receiver, who took off his jersey, shoulder pads and undershirt earlier than strolling off the sideline throughout a recreation Sunday towards the New York Jets, mentioned in an announcement launched by his legal professional that he was pressured to play and coach Bruce Arians fired him when the participant instructed the coach he was not in a position to re-enter the sport due to his ankle.
While not specifying which ankle was harm, Brown — by means of an announcement launched by his legal professional Wednesday — mentioned an MRI carried out Monday confirmed damaged bone fragments, a ligament tear and cartilage loss “which are beyond painful. You can see the bone bulging from the outside.”
Arians mentioned the day after the sport that Brown didn’t declare he was injured when he refused to proceed taking part in towards the Jets. The coach declined to debate specifics of the dialog on the sideline and mentioned he had “no clue” why the receiver reacted by storming off the field, tossing a few of his gear into the stands and waving to followers at MetLife Stadium.
Head Coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seems on throughout heat ups earlier than the sport towards the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium on November 22, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
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Brown instructed a special story in his assertion.
“Because of my commitment to the game, I relented to pressure directly from my coach to play injured,” he mentioned. “Despite the pain, I suited up, the staff injected me with what I now know was a powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller that the NFLPA has warned against using, and I gave it my all for the team. I played until it was clear that I could not use my ankle to safely perform my playing responsibilities.
“On top of that, the pain was extreme. I took a seat on the sideline and my coach came up to 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 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.”
Although Arians mentioned after the sport that Brown was not part of the reigning Super Bowl champions, the 33-year-old receiver who’s caught a cross in his final 144 video games remained on the roster Wednesday.
Wednesday’s harm report famous Brown’s absence from follow was “not injury related – personal.”
Asked concerning the crew not making an official transaction in regard to Brown, who didn’t accompany the crew again to Tampa following Sunday’s recreation, Arians replied: “It’s a management decision on what is happening right now.”
On whether or not it was merely a matter of how Brown might be eliminated the crew, not if, Arians mentioned: “Right.”
The crew didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Brown’s assertion Wednesday night time.
The receiver alleged a coverup.
“I didn’t quit. I was cut. I didn’t walk away from my brothers. I was thrown out,” Brown’s assertion learn.
“Being fired on the sideline for having a painful injury was bad enough. Then came their “spin.” Coach denied on nationwide tv that he knew about my ankle. That’s 100% inaccurate,” the receiver added. “Not only did he know I missed several games with the injury, he and I exchanged texts days before the game where he clearly acknowledged my injury.”
Brown injured his ankle throughout a victory at Philadelphia in mid-October. He returned to the lineup towards Carolina on Dec. 26, after serving a three-game suspension for misrepresenting his COVID-19 vaccination standing.
The former Steelers, Raiders and Patriots receiver had 10 catches for 101 yards towards the Panthers. He three receptions for 26 yards towards the Jets after lacking two practices final week as a result of ankle harm.