On Thursday (Jan. 6), the team announced that they have terminated his contract, effective immediately. “While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday’s game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play,” the Bucs said in a statement.
“We have attempted, multiple times throughout this week, to schedule an evaluation by an outside orthopedic specialist, yet Antonio has not complied,” the team added. “Maintaining the health and wellness of our players is of the utmost importance to our organization.”
As REVOLT previously reported, on Sunday (Jan. 2), Brown took off his jersey, undershirt and pads and threw his shirt and gloves into the stands during the third quarter of the game. He ran across the end zone while his teammates and the Jets were on the field. The wide receiver then waved to fans as he went to the locker room.
Following his meltdown, Coach Bruce Arians told reporters that the wide receiver was “no longer a Buc.”
“That’s the end of the story,” Arians said at the time. “Let’s talk about the guys that went out there and won the game.” When reporters asked for further details on what led to Brown’s release, the coach said, “I’m not talking about him. He’s no longer part of the Bucs.”
However, on Thursday (Jan. 6), Brown and his lawyer alleged that the Buccaneers were involved in a “cover up” over his exit from the team. He said that he was fired for refusing to play on his injured ankle that required surgery.
An NFL spokesperson told ESPN that Brown will not face discipline from the league for his actions during Sunday’s game.