Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians has confirmed Antonio Brown is no longer on the team after his breakout in the middle of the game against the New York Jets.
With the Bucs 10-24 in the third quarter of the competition, Brown left the field, took off his uniform and ran down the tunnel after gesturing to the crowd.
Arian’s attempts to convince Brown to return to the game have been unsuccessful and the Bucs manager has now apparently confirmed that the wide receiver’s time with the Tampa Bay team is over.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Arians said, “He’s not a Buc anymore. That’s the end of the story, let’s talk about the guys who went there and won the game.”
The Bucs claimed a 28-24 comeback victory without Brown on their side, with Tom Brady also commenting on the situation after leading the charge.
“Yes, this is obviously a difficult situation … I think everyone should do what they can to help him in the way he really needs to,” Brady said at a news conference.
“We all love him. We care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best, and unfortunately it won’t be with our team, but we have a lot of friendships that will last.
“And again, I think the most important thing about football are the relationships with your friends and your teammates and they go beyond the field. I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening.
“I didn’t know too much until after the game, to be honest. I was just out there playing trying to do my job.”