Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown continues to take shots at the team following his bizarre exit from Sunday's game. Brown released text messages Thursday in which he called out Tom Brady, Bruce Arians and Brady's trainer Alex Guerrero.
The team apparently decided those messages were the final nail in the coffin, and released Brown on Thursday.
The Bucs said they tried to get Brown to undergo an evaluation on his injured ankle, but he did not comply.
Brown posted various text exchanges on Instagram and Twitter. The main one accused Guerrero of charging Brown $100,000 and then not working with him. Brown added a message to his IG story directed at Brady.
The texts, which Brown claimed are between Brown and Guerrero, tell a different story. Brown asked Guerrero for $50,000 since the two will no longer work together. Guerrero responded saying he understood, and that he was willing to send the money to Brown. The original message Brown sent out also featured the routing number and account number for his bank account. Brown deleted that message.
Brown also sent out an exchange purportedly with Arians. In the text exchange, the two discuss playing in Week 17. Brown mentioned his ankle injury in the message. Following Sunday's game, Arians claimed he did not know about Brown's injury.
Brown also posted a photoshopped image of the "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" movie cover. In the image, Brown's head is photoshopped on Macaulay Culkin's head. Arians and Brady portray the Sticky Bandits in the image.
After all that, Brown released a tweet saying his teammates, including Brady, have been good to him.
Don’t get it twisted. My brothers have been good to me. From Tom to practice squad, we were a top-level unit. They have been good to me and knew nothing about my talks with coach last week. The team mishandled this situation. They let me down and, more importantly, my teammates.
— AB (@AB84) January 6, 2022
Antonio Brown quits on Bucs, claims he was injured
Brown created a stir Sunday when he took off his uniform, threw items into the stands and walked off the field during the Buccaneers' game against the New York Jets. Arians claimed Brown was no longer a member of the team afterward.
A day after the game, Brown reportedly claimed he was too injured to play, but the Buccaneers tried to force him back onto the field. Arians said he was not aware of Brown's injury.
Brown escalated the situation Wednesday, releasing a lengthy statement through his agent alleging the Bucs injected him with a "dangerous" painkiller. Brown also claimed a coach said Brown would be cut if he didn't play.
The Buccaneers initially delayed Brown's release, but finally cut ties with Brown on Thursday.
Brown reportedly wanted incentives guaranteed
Brown reportedly asked for his $2 million in incentives to be guaranteed prior to Week 17. The Buccaneers declined, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Last week, Antonio Brown and his agent requested that the remaining $2 million in incentives in his contract for this season be guaranteed, per Bucs’ GM Jason Licht. The team declined to guarantee those incentives.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2022
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht claimed Brown did not inform the team of his injury before the game against the Jets. Schefter also reported Brown "had to be calmed down" over his lack of targets during Week 17.
Brown's incentives were tied to his receptions, yards and touchdowns.
Bruce Arians confirms he told Antonio Brown to get out
Arians addressed the situation Thursday, saying he was not aware of Brown's injury before the game against the Jets. Arians also confirmed Brown was frustrated about his targets at halftime.
Bruce Arians speaks to the media following the release of Antonio Brown. pic.twitter.com/HMYir6rhX9
— xz - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 6, 2022
Arians approached Brown after he refused to enter the game. Arians claimed Brown was angry because he wasn't getting the ball. That's when Arians told Brown to "get the F out of here," which led to Brown taking off his uniform and walking off the field.