A bizarre scene unfolded during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Jets on Sunday.
During the third quarter of the Bucs’ 28-24 victory over the Jets, reciever Antonio Brown took off his gear and threw his shirt into the crowd.
Brown appeared animated while his teamate Mike Evans tried to calm him.
It was to no avail though, as Brown walked down the sideline and then through the endzone, before leaving the arena.
Before leaving, Brown waved to fans and flashed the peace sign.
Brown seemingly quit on the team, and was promptly fired afterwards.
“He is no longer a Buc,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said during a post-game press conference.
Antonio Brown gained national notoriety last month when he was suspended by the NFL for allegedly using a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.
The Associated Press has the story:
Antonio Brown was kicked off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a bizarre, shirtless exit from the field before Tom Brady coolly led the Bucs on a 93-yard drive in the final minutes for a 28-24 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Coach Bruce Arians said after the game that Brown was off the team.
“He is no longer a Buc,” Arians said.
Brown’s mid-game meltdown came late in the third quarter with Tampa Bay trailing 24-10. He appeared animated while talking to teammate Mike Evans when he stripped off his pads, jersey, gloves and T-shirt — tossing the gloves and T-shirt into the stands — and then walked bare-chested down the sideline and into the end zone. He then waved to fans as jogged through the end zone and into the tunnel at MetLife Stadium.
Bruce Arians on Antonio Brown: "He is no longer a Buc."
Sideline reporter Jennifer Hale broke down what occurred during the game Sunday with Antonio Brown:
Tom Bray spoke about his friendship with Brown, saying that he hopes that everyone shows compassion towards Brown during this time: