We have finally heard from Antonio Brown after he took off his helmet and jersey and left the field in the middle of the third quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game vs. the Jets. He said he was cut and that he didn’t quit the team.
Brown also said he was forced to play on an injured ankle that will require surgery.
Antonio Brown released a statement through his attorney saying, “I didn’t quit. I was cut. I didn’t walk away from my brothers. I was thrown out. Being fired on the sideline for having a painful injury was bad enough. Then came their ‘spin.’ Coach denied on national television that he knew about my ankle. That’s 100% inaccurate. 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. He obviously knew I was on the injury list. And the GM acknowledged after the game in text messages to my camp that I did tell the coach about my ankle pain on Sunday.
“I know we were losing to the Jets and that was frustrating for all of us. But I could not make football plays on that ankle. Yes, I walked off the field. But there’s a major difference between launching from the line and taking hits, compared to jogging off the field with a rush of emotions going through your mind. I am reflecting on my reaction, but there was a trigger. The trigger was someone telling me that I’m not allowed to feel pain. I acknowledge my past. But my past does not make me a second-class citizen. My past does not forfeit my right to be heard when I am in pain.”
The Buccaneers have yet to cut Antonio Brown and they are still trying to figure what the best solution is for the situation.