Bucs release Antonio Brown; WR displays receipts, bank information

January 3, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, United States; Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown watches the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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01/06/2022 17:46:50 GMT + 00:00 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Antonio Brown on Thursday afternoon, hours after sharing receipts and even his bank account information which included strings of text with Head Coach Bruce Arians and Tom Brady’s personal fitness and nutrition guru.

The move comes four days after the Arians declared Brown “no longer a Buc” following the latter’s decision to make an abrupt exit in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers terminated Antonio Brown’s contract with immediate effect. Although Antonio received ankle treatment and was on the injury report the week before last Sunday’s game, he was cleared. to be played by our medical team prior to the start of the match and at no time during the match did he indicate to our medical staff that he could not play.

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“We tried, on several occasions during this week, to schedule an evaluation by an external orthopedic specialist, but Antonio did not comply. Maintaining the health and well-being of our players is of the essence. of utmost importance to our organization. “

Just hours after issuing a cannonball statement accusing the Buccaneers of forcing him to play injured and covering up the facts of his injury, Brown was at the keyboard with screenshots of private conversations with the sidekick Arians and Brady and his business partner Alex Guerrero.

Brown posted a chain of text messages which he said happened last Friday with the Arians – two days before the wide receiver took off his jersey and shoulder pads and fled the sideline in a game with the New York Jets.

In a separate screenshot, Brown shared an exchange with Guerrero that included detailed banking information, including routing and account numbers, in a scathing review of Brady’s business ally TB12.

The text string with Arians includes this exchange:

“It’s BA. Make sure you’re ready to go tomorrow. We’re NOT resting for the playoffs.

“Call me.”

Brown responded with a knee-to-toe photo of his right ankle during work out and said, “I’m all a coach, I really can’t hit top speed, I want to win, I want to be there if I get wake up tomorrow i feel better i will be ready i kinda took it out in 2 point game i want what’s best for the lmk team when you are free i will call you . “

Arians, according to the screenshot shared by Brown, responded, “Come see me in the morning. We’ll talk about it. I really want you with us in case you’re ready.”

Brown, according to his screenshot, loved the Arians’ response.

Brown shared an image showing what he identified as a string of text with Guerrero regarding the “half” of a $ 100,000 payment he wanted to collect. The messages were dated December 24. In the Twitter post accompanying the text message history, he wrote “@TomBrady guy @ ag_tb12 charging me 100,000 without ever getting the job done on me! How do you even work with people like that! That’s what I was treating spirit.

“Then imagine your QB coach billing you for 100K and then just don’t do any work that has to be part of these guys’ plans from the start. “

This post was deleted from Brown’s Twitter feed with this Christmas Eve text exchange:

“Hey, if we’re off work that’s okay, find out more about the 100,000k I paid you, get half my money back, see how to do that.” “

A response with Alex Guerrero’s name arrived about two hours later.

“Hello AB. I appreciate that you contacted me. I fully understand that you want to go in a different direction. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work together. I hope you will continue to be successful on and on. off the field. Please let me know where you want to send the balance. Big hugs my friend. “

Brown responded with detailed bank account information with full routing and account numbers shared via Twitter. He then deleted the post, but had thousands of views before bank hours Thursday.

In his statement on Wednesday released through his attorney, Brown said he had been made to play injured and had taken a pain reliever that the NFLPA discourages from using. He said the ankle has sore bone fragments and a ligament torn from the bone, which will require surgery. He did not provide any medical support or imagery to substantiate this part of the story.

Brown, 33, was in his second season with the Buccaneers and won the Super Bowl with Tampa Bay last season.

Brown returned to Twitter later Thursday morning to clarify that he felt supported by his teammates, including Brady.

“Don’t get me wrong. My brothers were good to me. From Tom to the practice squad, we were a top unit. They were good to me and knew nothing about my discussions with the coach there. last week. The team handled this situation badly. They let me down and, more importantly, my teammates. “

Before Sunday’s game in New York, Brown had only played once in two months – the week before at Carolina – and had been targeted 15 times by Brady as the Buccaneers faced injuries and problems deep at this post.

His future with the team was in serious doubt in December based on an “inaccurate representation of his vaccination status” and reports that he bought a fake vaccination card.

But the Arians decided to welcome Brown again as he continued his rehabilitation for an ankle injury that was on the injury report.

Arians said on Wednesday he agreed with a reporter who asked if it was “how and not when” the Buccaneers parted ways with Brown.

–Field level media

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Shawanda H. Saldana