Shortly after his lawyer launched a press release decrying the Bucs for pressuring him to play with an injury, Antonio Brown launched a press release accusing the crew of executing an “ongoing cover-up”, saying he was truly minimize from the Bucs earlier than leaving the sector in opposition to the Jets on Sunday.
Brown stated that he relented when pressured by a coach to play with an ankle injury, and was injected with what he describes as a “highly effective and typically harmful painkiller.” When the ache turned an excessive amount of and restricted his efficiency, Brown stated he exited the sport and sat on the sideline, the place he claims he was admonished by a coach to return to the sector.
“I informed him, ‘It’s my ankle.’ However he knew that. It was well-documented and we had mentioned it,” Brown wrote. “He then ordered me to get on the sector. I stated, ‘Coach, I can’t.’ He didn’t name for medical consideration. As an alternative, he shouted at me, ’YOU’RE DONE!’ whereas he ran his finger throughout his throat. Coach was telling me that if I didn’t play harm, then I used to be carried out with the Bucs.”
After the sport, Bucs coach Bruce Arians stated Brown made no point out of an injury earlier than leaving the sector, a declare that Brown stated Wednesday was “100% inaccurate.” Brown stated that, along with lacking a number of video games with the injury, he and Arians exchanged textual content messages earlier than the sport during which Arians acknowledged the injury, and that Bucs common supervisor Jason Licht additionally was conscious.
Brown acknowledged whereas he was annoyed as he left the sector with the way in which the sport was going, the therapy from the teaching workers is what in the end led to his choice.
“Sure, [I] walked off the sector. However there’s a serious distinction between launching from the road and taking hits, in comparison with jogging off the sector with a rush of feelings going via your thoughts,” Brown wrote. “I’m reflecting on my response, however there was a set off. The set off was somebody telling me that I’m not allowed to really feel ache. I acknowledge my previous. However my previous doesn’t make me a second class citizen. My previous doesn’t forfeit my proper to be heard when I’m in ache.”
In a separate assertion, Brown’s lawyer stated that the broad receiver underwent an MRI on Monday, which revealed bone and ligament harm that might require surgical procedure. He additionally denied that Brown’s actions had something to do with a psychological well being difficulty.
“I gave the Bucs all the pieces I had on the sector. What the group is doing now must get cleaned up,” Brown stated. “I don’t perceive how folks publicly claiming to be involved about my psychological well being can do this stuff to me in personal.”
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