Antonio Brown is causing more drama for the Buccaneers.
Midway through the third quarter, Brown removed his shoulder pads and jersey, against the insistence of his teammates, according to the Fox broadcast, and ran to the locker room shirtless, apparently withdrawing from the game.
In the process, Brown threw items from his gear into the stands and threw the peace sign at fans.
Antonio Brown simply took off his jersey and gear and threw it into the crowd. Celebrating and ran to the locker room. I have no idea what is going on. pic.twitter.com/uPALqGJGJo
– Jake Brown (@JakeBrownRadio) January 2, 2022
Brown was not being checked for an injury, nor was he apparently benched in the matchup. Fox reporter Jen Hale said there was something of a ruckus around Brown, but nothing out of the ordinary. The Buccaneers did not provide an explanation for Brown’s abrupt departure.
The Bucs don’t have an official word on why Antonio Brown took off his jersey and jersey and ran to the locker room during the game. You will not be approached by the team until after the game.
– Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 2, 2022
Here’s a side view of what happened to Antonio Brown. It looks like Mike Evans was trying to calm him down, but nothing was going to help. AB took everything off and left.
(video via @mmmmillah)pic.twitter.com/sMii14O7bh
– Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 2, 2022
In the game, Brown had three receptions for 26 yards. The Jets held a 17-10 halftime lead over the Buccaneers and extended it to 24-10 in the third quarter.
At the time of Brown’s departure, the Buccaneers were marching down the field and eventually scored a touchdown to adjust the score to 24-17.
At the time of publication, there was no official update on Brown’s status.
Brown is no stranger to controversy. In 2021, the league suspended Brown for misrepresenting his vaccination status. The Buccaneers, who were reportedly considering releasing Brown, chose to retain him.
Now, we wait to see if Brown is done with the Buccaneers.
This article will be updated.