- Antonio Brown was cut by the Bucs after storming off the field shirtless on Sunday
- Brown was reportedly kicked off the sideline by coaching staff after he refused to reenter the game after claiming he was injured
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We’re finally beginning to learn what led to Antonio Brown’s outburst on the sidelines on Sunday.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Brown refused to reenter the game because he felt he was too injured to play and the Bucs coaching staff responded by kicking him off the sidelines.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2022
“Midway through the game yesterday Bruce Arians and the offensive staff told Antonio Brown to go into the game. They believed that he was healthy. Antonio Brown did not believe that he was healthy. He had been battling an ankle injury for the last several weeks, did not practice Thursday, did not practice Friday, and personally had some doubts whether he would be out there and play. What he told the staff from what I understand, is that he was not going into the game because in his mind he did not feel he was healthy. The response then from the offensive coaches and from Bruce Arians was: if you’re not going to go into the game when we tell you to go into the game then you cannot be here. At that point, they threw him off the sidelines and cut him from the team.”
While speaking to Jay Glazer, Arians claimed that Brown’s refusal to enter the game was the tipping point but didn’t mention anything about Brown’s claims that he was injured.
Just talked to Bruce Arians who said he was trying to get AB to go into game & AB refused. Tried again Brown refused & Arians told him to get out. On if he saw AB take his jersey off.
“Yeah, I did. Never seen anything like it in all my years.” @NFLonFOX
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 2, 2022
Arians will likely address Brown’s claims but at this point, it doesn’t matter because Brown has already been cut by the team.