Antonio Brown tells his side of the story in Bucs departure

Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

Wide receiver Antonio Brown released a statement telling his side of the story on his bizarre exit from the Buccaneers during their game against the Jets.

The unconventional breakup between Antonio Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continues to deliver twists.

On Wednesday, Brown released a statement detailing what happened during Tampa Bay’s game against the Jets from his perspective.

The lengthy tale claims Brown was pressured by the coaching staff to play through a painful ankle injury. The receiver says the team gave him a “dangerous painkiller” before the game at MetLife Stadium.

Antonio Brown claims Bucs mishandled his ankle injury

When the pain became too much, Brown says he took a seat on the sideline and was berated by a coach. The coach allegedly told Brown “YOU’RE DONE!” while doing a throat slash motion.

“I didn’t quit. I was cut. I didn’t walk away from my brothers. I was thrown out,” Brown claims.

He went on to say the Bucs tried to spin the story in their favor and are now engaging in an “ongoing cover-up” while demanding the receiver let a doctor of their choice examine his ankle.

According to Brown, an MRI he received on Monday morning revealed “broken bone fragments stuck in [his] ankle, the ligament torn from the bone, and cartilage loss.” He says he has scheduled surgery to repair the damage.

That’s all Brown’s side of the story. Clearly, a lot more is going to need to be learned before the dust settles on this one.

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