Antonio Brown contradicts Bruce Arians’ claim on split with Buccaneers, alleges team ‘cover-up’ on injury

Pass receiver Antonio Brown firmly insists that he did not give up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, declaring rather that he was “fired on the sideline for having a painful injury.”

In a prolonged declaration launched Wednesday night by his lawyer Sean Burstyn, Brown set out his variation of what occurred in the sideline fight that caused his ouster from the group and called Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians’ account “100% inaccurate.”

Brown stated that that versus his much better judgement, he “relented to pressure directly from my coach to play” through an ankle injury in Sunday’s video game versus the New york city Jets which the Buccaneers personnel “injected me with what I now know was a powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller that the (NFL Players Association) has warned against using.” Brown included that he “gave it my all for the team” however that once it ended up being clear that he could not securely dip into a high level, he took a seat, which he declares upset Arians.

The coach stated Monday that he was not notified by the medical personnel that Brown was harmed in any way, however Arians decreased to communicate the contents of the discussion that he had with Brown.

Inquired about Brown’s factor for eliminating his pads and jersey and consequently waiving to fans and leaving the field, Arians stated, “You’ll have to ask him, brother.”

Brown declared that he had a back-and-forth with Arians about his health prior to the coach informed him he was no longer part of the group for declining to play.

“As part of their ongoing cover-up, they are acting like I wasn’t cut and now demanding that I see a doctor of their choice to examine my ankle,” Brown stated.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) walks on the field during an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass receiver Antonio Brown (81) strolls on the field throughout an NFL football video game versus the New york city Jets, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Brown included that an MRI carried out Monday early morning exposed broke bone pieces stuck in his ankle which he will be having surgical treatment. He pledged that when healthy once again, he will go back to the NFL.

The Buccaneers have yet to officially waive Brown, however Arians stated Wednesday that the upcoming relocation was a “management decision” at this moment.

The last line of the declaration checked out, “I’ll be back to 100% and looking forward to next season. Business gonna be BOOMIN!”

A Buccaneers spokesperson informed U.S.A. TODAY Sports that the group did not have any discuss Brown’s claims.

This is now the 4th group that has actually parted methods with Brown. The Pittsburgh Steelers traded him to the Oakland Raiders after duplicated clashes with members of the company. Brown then butted heads with Raiders management throughout the preseason of 2019 and after that required his release prior to ever playing a video game for the group. He went on to sign with New England however played in simply one video game prior to the Patriots cut him after reports of Brown threatening a female implicating him of unwanted sexual advances ended up being public. Brown signed with Tampa Bay after serving a suspension for breaking the NFL’s individual conduct policy and assisted the Bucs win the Super Bowl in 2015, capturing a goal pass in the triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs.

This season, Brown had actually appeared in simply 7 video games in the middle of injuries, screening favorable for COVID-19 and a three-game suspension for offering a falsified vaccination card.

Brown tape-recorded 10 catches for 101 backyards in his Week 16 return from suspension. However Week 17 saw him tape-record 3 catches for 26 backyards prior to his strange exit.

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This short article initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: Antonio Brown breaks silence, declares ‘cover-up’ by Bucs on injury

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