Antonio Brown disputes Bruce Arians' claim on split with Buccaneers, alleges team 'cover-up' on injury

Wide receiver Antonio Brown firmly insists that he did not stop on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, declaring rather that he was “fired on the sideline for having a painful injury.”

In a prolonged declaration launched Wednesday night by his lawyer Sean Burstyn, Brown set out his variation of what occurred in the sideline fight that caused his ouster from the group, calling Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians’ account “100% inaccurate.”

Brown stated that that versus his much better judgement, he “relented to pressure directly from my coach to play” through an ankle injury in Sunday’s video game versus the New York Jets which the Buccaneers personnel “injected me with what I now know was a powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller that the (NFL Players Association) has warned against using.” Brown included that he “gave it my all for the team” however took a seat when it ended up being clear that he could not securely dip into a high level, which he declares upset Arians.

The coach stated Monday that he was not notified by the medical personnel that Brown was harmed in any way, however Arians decreased to define the contents of the discussion that he had with Brown.

Asked about Brown’s factor for eliminating his pads and jersey and consequently waving to fans and leaving the field, Arians stated, “You’ll have to ask him, brother.”

Brown declared that he had a back-and-forth with Arians about his health prior to the coach informed him he was no longer part of the group for declining to play.

“As part of their ongoing cover-up, they are acting like I wasn’t cut and now demanding that I see a doctor of their choice to examine my ankle,” Brown stated.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass receiver Antonio Brown (81) strolls on the field throughout an NFL football video game versus the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Brown included that an MRI performed Monday early morning exposed damaged bone pieces stuck in his ankle which he will be having surgical treatment. He swore that when healthy once again, he will go back to the NFL.

The last line of the declaration checked out, “I’ll be back to 100% and looking forward to next season. Business gonna be BOOMIN!”

The Buccaneers have yet to officially waive Brown, however Arians stated Wednesday that the upcoming relocation was a “management decision” at this moment.

A Buccaneers spokesperson informed U.S.A. TODAY Sports that the group did not have any discuss Brown’s claims.

This is now the 4th group that has actually parted methods with Brown. The Pittsburgh Steelers traded him to the Oakland Raiders after duplicated clashes with members of the company. Brown then butted heads with Raiders management throughout the 2019 preseason and required his release prior to ever playing a video game for the group. He went on to sign with New England however played in simply one video game prior to the Patriots cut him when word of Brown threatening a lady implicating him of unwanted sexual advances ended up being public. Brown signed with Tampa Bay after serving a suspension for breaching the NFL’s individual conduct policy and assisted the Bucs win the Super Bowl in 2015, capturing a goal pass in the success over the Kansas City Chiefs.

This season, Brown had actually appeared in simply 7 video games in the middle of injuries, screening favorable for COVID-19 and a three-game suspension for offering a falsified vaccination card.

Brown tape-recorded 10 catches for 101 lawns in his Week 16 return from suspension. But Week 17 saw him tape 3 catches for 26 lawns prior to his unusual exit.

Follow U.S.A. TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones on Twitter @ByMikeJones.

This post initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: Antonio Brown breaks silence, declares ‘cover-up’ by Bucs on injury

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