Monday update: Brown is giving his side of the story now and says he was too hurt to play, but Arians and the offensive coaches told him to go into the game despite an ankle injury.
Update: There are really no words to describe what is happening with Brown at the moment. We’ll wait for more, but for now he is apparently in New York City with a driver.
Antonio Brown has been picked up from MetLife and is in the city with NYC driver Danny Chalet (IG Dannyboyhustlehard) pic.twitter.com/VXhdNNkpYp— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) January 2, 2022
Update: Earlier reports had Brown upset that he had been benched, but that appears to be erroneous, as head coach Bruce Arians told Fox Sports that he was trying to get Brown to go into the game when he left.
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.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 2, 2022
“Yeah, I did. Never seen anything like it in all my years.” @NFLonFOX
Update: Antonio Brown is no longer on the Buccaneers team.
Bruce Arians on Antonio Brown “He is no longer a Buc”— T̷R̷O̷Y̷ ̷H̷U̷G̷H̷E̷S̷ (@TommySledge) January 2, 2022
Update: The Buccaneers radio crew are reporting that Brown had been benched by head coach Bruce Arians before leaving.
As we just said on #GoBucs radio Antonio Brown was benched by Coach Bruce Arians before taking off his shoulder pads and jersey and throwing them down on the bench. He's gone to lockerrom on his own— TJ Rives (@BucSidelineGuy) January 2, 2022
Update: The Buccaneers will not address Browns’ departure until after the game, per Greg Auman.
Update: Brown’s teammate Mike Evans appears to be trying to keep Brown leave the field in this video:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown appears to have walked off the field on his own accord. He took off his uniform, threw it into the stands and went to the locker room in yet another bizzare turn of events for the wide receiver.
“Yeah guys very odd situation.”— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) January 2, 2022
I’ll say. pic.twitter.com/5cBoE6QGSE
We don’t know the circumstances that led to his departure, but there is little doubt that his coaches didn’t know he was going to leave the field, especially in the way he did. Brown had three receptions for 36 yards before he departed. He also came into this game with an ankle injury and was questionable to play after tweaking it in practice. We’ll keep you updated on his status moving forward.