Bruce Arians Says Antonio Brown Refused To Play

January 2nd, 2022

Joe suspects Antonio Brown is going to deny this.

But the apparent official word from Bucco Bruce Arians on why Brown melted down, stripped down and ran off the field in the third quarter today is because Arians asked Brown to play and he refused. And then, apparently, Arians asked again, got another rejection and launched Brown.

Arians wouldn’t talk about Brown with assembled media after the win against the Jets, and also on the Buccaneers Radio Network, but he was yapping to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

Glazer shared the interaction on Twitter (seen below).

Joe can only imagine how Brown might spin this later this month as he looks for a job with a new team. Will Brown say Arians misunderstood him, or that he expressed being hurt?

Might Arians calm down, get a nudge from Tom Brady, take a team vote and subsequently invite Brown back? After today, nothing would shock Joe as it relates to Brown and the Bucs.

144 Responses to “Bruce Arians Says Antonio Brown Refused To Play”

  1. HC Grover Says:

    This sounds fishy. If BA told him to get out then he was following orders.

  2. T REX Says:

    Burfict killed him and his career.

    RIP AB – sad story.

    We will find out that he has major CTE.

  3. crazybucs_CL Says:

    “..Might Arians calm down, get a nudge from Tom Brady, take a team vote and subsequently invite Brown back?…
    definitely that is the best scenario;

    ” …is because Arians asked Brown to play and he refused…”
    I don’t believe that; BA is not telling the truth;

  4. Doug Says:

    He only needs a couple more receptions to get his incentive bonus, I find it weird he wouldn’t go back in.

  5. Sc.Bucs fan Says:

    One thing for sure, once AB speaks it will be entertaining

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    That doesn’t make any sense… Is there any reason AB wouldn’t play?

    I mean if that is what happened, then yeah, that’s 100% on AB for being a nutjob – and people who are nuts will act really stupid.

    But I don’t get why Brown, who played the first half, would say he isn’t playing the 2nd half. He did have the issue with his ankle going into the game, but if he got hurt or tweaked it, I can’t imagine Arians telling him to play anyways.

    I’m sure some players will leak something.

    If Brown quit for no reason, then great, Brady can’t be mad at the Bucs and he’d surely be p/o’d at Brown. Lets hope, for the sake of Brady being here next year, that Arians is telling the whole truth and it’s that simple.

  7. Buc You Says:

    Its too late…. AB already had the meltdown.

    There is no recovering from that tirade.

  8. David Says:

    If he’s not injured, which he did not look injured jogging and doing jumping jacks leaving the field, then I don’t understand why he wouldn’t go in.

    He was 1 million away in incentives. 8 catches 50 yards and a touchdown the rest of this game and next week gets him there. Plus another million and incentives in the playoffs. So him refusing to go in makes absolutely no sense at all.

    …. That said, I just realized we’re talking about AB and he’s been a mental case having breakdowns for several years now.

    What is it with great receivers being basket cases!?! … Terrell Owens, Randy moss wasn’t always all there, Chad Johnson, OBJ etc….

    Give me Evans and Godwin (and guys like Rice and Fitzgerald) all day every day

  9. Jerry Says:

    Arians never wanted him. Probably wanted to cut him after the suspension but was forced to keep him. And wanted to make sure he didn’t get the bonus money as punishment.

    Now these COVID-obsessed reporters will cheer and gush all week about how it was the “right move” while what’s left of this team collapses.

    We don’t have the weapons to win the Super Bowl anymore. We don’t have a defense that can win it either. The defense struggled all day to stop the JETS (and frankly they’ve struggled 95% of the year stopping anyone). Injuries all over the place. Coaches seem more concerned with their job opportunities. This season will end in 2-3 weeks.

    You all want to keep praising Grayson and pretend everything will be good. Did you not watch that game? You got receivers running the wrong routes! Look how frustrated Brady was the whole game. No one is on the same page. You can’t correct that in 2 weeks! Brown was by far the best route runner we had. Those saying Grayson is a replacement for Brown are being ridiculous.

    Go ahead! Sit and cheer about a 4-pt come from behind victory over the 4-12 Jets and keep your heads in the sand.

  10. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Doesn’t matter if Bruce told AB his momma is ugly. Paid professionals do not show there a$$ like that.

    You got beef you handle it internally not on television.

  11. geno711 Says:

    All the guys saying it does not make sense.

    Let’s see:
    AB in Pittsburgh. Was it AB or Tomlin
    AB in Oakland. Was it AB or Gruden
    AB in New England. Was it AB or Belichick
    AB in Tampa. Was it AB or Arians

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Joe, Dungy was spot on. AB should have been let go after the fake virus card incident. But Arians knows how valuable he was. This was the final straw. Poor demented AB. I get a feeling all will not end well for the guy even off the field.

  13. Bird Says:

    See my guess is opposite. Brown was playing limited snaps. Which appeared he was. Of course he wanted to reach escalators to get another 1 mil

    And he complained and got benched by coach
    And it blew up from there

    Sucks but dont think we can do it with mike and grayson and johnson
    Maybe i am wroung but AB and Godwin are bradys favorite trusted targets
    With gronk third

    That deep ball to evans looked like he wanted mike to make the jump ball catch on smaller db. Never turned around. Again thats on brady. And brady needs to give up on those jump balls to evans. Didnt work in green bay either 😂

  14. ATLBuc Says:

    I’m so confused!!

  15. adam from ny Says:

    maybe tom will try to convince BA that he is still all laced up with the covid, and not really thinking straight…

    it’s a bad mix if you have a “covid infused coach” butting heads with a “grateful dust patient”…


  16. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Brady wasn’t happy in his PC. He still loves antonio brown.

  17. Patrick in VA Says:

    You guys are trying to apply logic and reasoning to an irrational person. You’re talking about scenarios that would make sense to a rational person, but we already saw with the way that he got himself launched from the Steelers and from Oakland that he doesn’t think about things the same way that we do. It would be rational to show up and do your job right after you sign an enormous contract with Oakland but he didn’t do it and went through a circus with them that got himself launched off the team. This isn’t someone that thinks about things the same way that most people do so saying that what BA is putting out there isn’t rational doesn’t make it untrue

  18. Francisco Guzman Says:

    I just hope some Bucs fans here have lowered their expectations after this. If this team makes a run it will be because other players stepped up.

  19. crazybucs_CL Says:

    Brady love AB, BA pissed AB like Tom means nothing to the team.
    Result: the same as was for TB12 @ NE, no respect.
    Big Result: Tom retire after first playoff game, we are left with:

  20. Jmarkbuc Says:


    You’re right.. the thing to do is keep a nut job, malcontent who just quit on his team on National TV.

    As far as the rest of the season , maybe we should call Roger and forfeit, because AB is gone.

  21. cmurda Says:

    This doesn’t seem to add up. He refused to play? What?

    I can tell you what’s not going to happen. This >>>>>>>> Might Arians calm down, get a nudge from Tom Brady, take a team vote and subsequently invite Brown back?

    BA isn’t going to do this. He would be spending the rest of his life trying to wipe the egg off his face. It’s already embarrassing enough that BA talked about how AB is trying to get things turned around and then he humiliates BA like that. No way. It’s the end. I still appreciate AB’s contribution including that SB TD pass. Sadly, his demons are just too strong to control.

  22. HC Grover Says:

    If Brown had not taken off his uniform and was told to get out by BA…then what?

  23. David Says:


    Exactly what I said after being confused as to why he wouldn’t play because he sure did not look hurt!
    Got so far in my post then I realized OH YEAH! it’s AB!, he’s an effing basket case.

  24. Slapnut Magoo Says:

    There’s obviously more to this story. There has to be, right? If it was an injury that would have kept him out, he sure didn’t show it doing jumping jacks while leaving the field. Bottom line is that no one is surprised by this.

  25. Rob Says:

    Sign Larry Fitzgerald. It’s time

  26. Jmarkbuc Says:


    That was happening anyway.

    There is no way that the ultimate team player, the man who always took less money so his teams could be better, is gonna approve of the BS that Brown pulled today…

    Whether BA said anything at all to him or not.

  27. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Mike Johnson Brady haters and Bucs haters will say that crap. I wonder if they will say the same thing when AB signs for a contender like the chiefs or the packers.

  28. David Says:


    The uniform doesn’t matter. If you weren’t injured and you’re told to go in the game and you refuse and quit on your team… You’re fired.
    I don’t care who you are and what sport it is.

    The worst thing you could possibly do in a team sport is quit on your team and walk off the field.

    He kept crazy subdued for almost a year and a half but unfortunately it blew up shortly before the playoffs with Godwin injured.
    It’s not going to end well for him over the next 10 years. It’s unfortunate, but I don’t see him growing old

  29. cmurda Says:

    @Crazy. And so what if he does. You talking about Tom retiring every day multiple times a day is stupid. You have no idea. Tom ain’t retiring for any other reason then it’s time to hang it up for his decision not because some basket case was cut.

  30. Rod Munch Says:

    If Brady stands up for Arians, says he had to do what he had to do, I’ll breath a huge sigh of relief.

  31. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Jmarkbuc Brady wasn’t happy in his press conference. Disappointed but he said he loves antonio brown.

  32. WTHeck Says:



  33. Sean Says:

    It’s asinine to cut him. Just bench him for the remainder of the season. It makes no sense to allow another team to snatch him up for the playoffs.

  34. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I hope the guy gets the help he needs.

  35. crazybucs_CL Says:

    BA is a grumpy, don’t care old man.
    This tell me that AB was kept NOT because BA want it to. BA was force to keep AB.
    AB knew that, and when BA took revanche by not playing him, AB snapped.
    Glazers should get involve…. OR we are ONE and OUT on playoffs.

  36. David Says:


    There is no team heading into the playoffs that is going to take a look at that (and the fake Covid card) and bring that into their locker room a week before the playoffs begin.
    If they do, the general manager should be fired.

    He’s not playing for anyone, besides the official documentation of him being off of the team hasn’t happened yet so he can’t go sign with anyone regardless.

  37. Francisco Guzman Says:

    David the guy’s a headcase but a talented headcase. Something happened on that sideline idk what but something happened .

  38. BuccaneerScotty Says:

    nobody will try signing him !

  39. Buc You Says:

    @HC Grover… if AB didn’t have a meltdown… and he refused to go in after being asked twice by BA… he probably still could have been cut ✂️ Monday… guy was on the thinnest ice as it was.

    Its hard to feel sorry for a multimillionaire football player.

  40. Francisco Guzman Says:

    David you’re nuts! This game is about wins and losses and antonio brown is still a heck of a player. There’s nothing to lose for any of those teams. Mark my words he will be picked up.

  41. Jmarkbuc Says:


    I’m sure he wasn’t happy, no one is. He may love him. He does not approve of what he did… guaranteed.

    BTW, Brady isn’t going to divulge much in a press conference.

  42. HC Grover Says:

    David this is all fishy. He was told to ‘Get Out’. He got out. I never heard of a player being fired mid game and thrown out by a coach so it does not add up to me. There is much more to this than we know at this point.

  43. DBS Says:

    Defense looked like Swiss Cheese and was playing that way. They are already in the playoffs. Jets looked like they were going to win. Brown probably did not want to get hurt for no reason. So he did not want to play anymore today. he lost it when Ariens told him to leave. JMHO.

  44. PanhandleBuc Says:

    Don’t cut him, just sit up or suit him up.

  45. PanhandleBuc Says:

    *Don’t suit him up.

  46. JimmyJack Says:

    When I seen Brown skipped around the endzone topless my first reaction was that he was bound to have a mental breakdown and get kicked off the team eventually. I still feel that way now.

    As dissapointed as I am right now Im still happy on a level. Brown was able to conrol himself for a year and helped us win a SB. He clearly was never going to make it here longterm. Im somewhat grateful he didnt have his meltdown last year and cost us a Title.

  47. Wesley Says:

    We desperately needed him for the playoffs.

  48. sasquatch Says:

    Eff that guy. Antonio Brown has proven to be a turd everywhere he’s gone. I’ll take Bruce Arians’ word on it.

  49. SufferingSince76 Says:

    What a soap opera!

  50. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Jmarkbuc he knows that AB gives them their best chances to head to a super bowl. The guy’s a complete idiot but let’s be honest he’s not mentally there. I think that’s why brady loves the house because he knows he suffers from some kind of mental illness.

  51. Jmarkbuc Says:



    Google Keyshawn Johnson leaves Bucs.

  52. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Loves the guy.

  53. T REX Says:

    Jerry, I am embarrassed for you.

    Get help buddy. This has nothing to do with the media.

    You are obviously a right wing nut job. Keep that crap off of here.

  54. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Nobody is that desperate, win or lose.

  55. Infomeplease Says:

    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck… Probably a duck!!!! AB gave his chance for the hall of fame away today!! Babies don’t belong in the hall of fame anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AB, best of luck post football!!!

  56. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Jmarkbuc that’s different! Keyshawn wasn’t released!!!!

  57. Clifton Drew Says:

    AB is done in the NFL Regardless of the facts, his actions spoke louder than words. This was a grand display of immaturity.

  58. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Did BA even get in his face in front of his teammates and make a big scene. Nobody picked up on that if it happened.

    Not that it matters. This is NOT about BA at all!!! If AB had hurt fee fees for whatever reason it’s up to him to MAN UP and eat it for his teammates.

    He’s already let them down once this season and now this? What does he have to do shoot somebody on Dale Mabry?

  59. PassingThru Says:

    Not to defend AB, but I’m willing to bet there’s more to this story.

  60. Jim W Says:

    Why did BA give the story to Glazer rather than local writers?

  61. Francisco Guzman Says:

    I just hope some Bucs fans have lowered their expectations after today. I would be happy if this team won a playoff game. Whatever after that is gravy.

  62. Rod Munch Says:

    Watching Brady at the press conference, I feel better about things now.

    Brady said he hopes Brown gets the help he needs — which means he’s not putting the blame on Arians or the team. Yes, Tom is cagey in his comments and doesn’t say a lot of interesting things, but to me, it clearly sounded like he knows the team isn’t in the wrong here.

    That’s a HUGE relief if that’s true and not just acting for the camera.

  63. Francisco Guzman Says:

    PassingThru has to be.

  64. unbelievable Says:

    Should have just suspended him.

    Now he’ll prob get picked up by one of our playoff opponents.

  65. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Rod Munch i think he had this bad look when someone e mentioned to Brady that Arians said brown is no longer on the team.

  66. Infomeplease Says:

    AB, surprise surprise, the BUCS can win without you!!!!!

  67. BBro Says:

    Screw whacko AB we got Grayson and he’ll be looking to please with many more receptions as he did today with the game winner 🏆

  68. DungyDance Says:

    BA has receivers line up to block a lot of the time. It could be that he asked AB to “play,” meaning participate in a blocking assignment. And maybe that didn’t suit AB’s vanity / ego, so he refused that particular assignment.

  69. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Bird, I have a feeling you’re correct and if that is the case, BA cost this team BIG TIME! Because the growth of Grayson might of been enough to make the difference. Without AB this team goes no where.

  70. Buc You Says:

    Joe Bucs Fan should post a poll asking:

    As a Buccaneer fan, are you disappointed that Antonio Brown let his team down by ripping off his uniform and skipping off the field in the middle of the game, getting thrown off the team, and thereby hurting the chances of a Buccaneers repeat to the Super Bowl?

    It is all Bruce Arians fault ” cry 😢 emoji”

  71. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Bucs playing San Francisco in the wildcard game? Don’t know if i like that matchup.

  72. Rod Munch Says:

    unbelievable – Because Arians said he isn’t on the team doesn’t mean they cut him. Licht has to cut him, and if Licht thinks someone else might pick him up, he’ll just suspend him without pay.

    The Pats earlier this year also said they were cutting Gilmore, then later that day they traded him after saying he was cut.

    What teams say doesn’t mean anything, it’s what they do when they file the actual paperwork that matters.

    But I don’t think it matters here, no one else is picking him up.

  73. Merlin Says:

    The Brown apologists are pathetic. A multi criminal offender with a history of idiotic actions does something stupid, but you think it’s the coach and the owners?
    I feel bad for AB. Not because of getting cut, but because he’s likely the end product of the NFL being too slow to recognize mental health problems.

  74. orlbucfan Says:

    Bucs don’t need this cancer. Good riddance to him.

  75. Rod Munch Says:

    Francisco – I just watched it myself, Brady doesn’t look angry or upset, certainly not with the team. In addition to saying he hopes AB gets the help he needs, he also says he hopes everyone will treat him with compassion and understand what he’s going through.

    Basically Brady is saying the guy is nuts, which again means he’s not blaming Arians or the team.

    That’s how I read it anyways.

  76. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Merlin the guy has a mental problem which is why Brady is sympathetic. Don’t know about Arians. Anyway their super bowl chances took a nose dive after today.

  77. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I voted no because, in my opinion, I think he has CTE. He should have been suspended for the rest of the season and given some professional help.

  78. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Rod Munch I read it as Brady being sympathetic and saying the guy has mental issues. He loves the guy and went to bat for him. I just wonder if Arians is a guy that control antonio brown.

  79. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Rod Munch i would just suspend him until he gets his act together. Suspend him for two games.

  80. BBro Says:

    Yo Mike Tyson reach out to AB and introduce him to your doctors that help you through your troubles.

  81. Drunkinybor Says:

    Bucs had to get rid of him. He did something nobody has seen in the NFL. Throwing things acting like a wierdo dancing and crap. He’s showing up not only Arians but our entire franchise. If Arians didn’t cut him immediately can you imagine what that looks like to not only our players but to future free agents. It’s obvious if your a good player you get more chances. But this guy is is toxic toast. I’m offended by his actions. I’ve been a fan since 1985 and I take it personal. He disrespected and laughed while doing it. He freaking through our jersey our bucs jersey like it was trash. Dueces A Hole..Don’t let the door knob hit ya where the good lord split ya.

  82. Francisco Guzman Says:

    The 49ers are a dangerous team.

  83. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Drunkinybor the guy has a mental issue. You don’t treat that without any meds.

  84. Listnfrmafar Says:

    All you BA lovers, you do realize this is your last chance for a SB? I don’t know about Brady but pretty sure Gronk, Suh, JPP and most likely Godwin and Brady is gone next season and a great QB isn’t coming to play with Bucs sloppy seconds.

  85. Drunkinybor Says:

    @David.. I agree.. my brother has a severe mental illness. He think he’d married to Mariah Carey and they talk to other on the phone and crap. When he’s on his meds he’s still a little off but he can function in society. I hope Brown sees a psychiatrist and gets the help he needs. He clearly has something wrong.

  86. Jmarkbuc Says:

    There are some thick people on this site. Let’s hope Licht isn’t.

    He will be suspended ala Keyshawn… he will not be picked up by anyone this season ( or ever probably)

  87. Biff Barker Says:

    Who pushed who’s buttons doesn’t matter. AB’s meltdown was AB’s NFL death warrant. Listnfrmafar you’re wrong here. BA, or any other coach, would have no choice. You’re right about the SB though.

  88. Biff Barker Says:

    Jmarkbuc, however the rules roll, Licht wont gift any competitors. Don’t think anyone else would take him.

  89. Jmarkbuc Says:


    I don’t think so either. But no use in risking it for a couple 100k.

  90. Jmarkbuc Says:


    What does any of that have to do with BA?

  91. Francisco Guzman Says:

    AB said he was sore. His ankle was sore.

  92. gotbbucs Says:

    Cutting him is the only choice they have. You can’t allow that guy back into the locker room. Mental illness or not, there’s a whole bunch of other guys in that locker room that do the right things for the team and don’t have drama following them everywhere they go.
    Move on and play ball.

  93. Zwak Says:

    The sad part is without football AB will crash and burn hard!

  94. Arn Platz Says:

    Tom Brady will mediate a reconciliation between BA & AB.
    AB will make a public apology, a private apology and an apology to the team. He will do it with great contrition. Just watch Tommy B work his magic. Write this down, bank on it

  95. geno711 Says:

    Listnfrmafar Says:
    January 2nd, 2022 at 6:07 pm
    All you BA lovers, you do realize this is your last chance for a SB? I don’t know about Brady but pretty sure Gronk, Suh, JPP and most likely Godwin and Brady is gone next season and a great QB isn’t coming to play with Bucs sloppy seconds.

    I guess I am an BA lover.
    I think he is a good enough coach to win a super bowl. Clearly a better coach than Koetter ever was.
    Clearly, Brady has initially indicated that he will be back next season and Brady seems to like the style of Arians and the Bucs offense.

    So please mark this post and let’s see who is right about next year. You or I?

  96. Jmarkbuc Says:

    “Cutting him” is the wrong phrase…

    Geez people.

    For reference:

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided that Keyshawn Johnson’s on-field performance wasn’t worth his off-field posturing and yesterday informed the veteran receiver he would be deactivated the rest of the season. …

  97. Coburn Says:

    Was the right decision not to cut him for fake passport imo, but I also roll my eyes at passports, even if I think getting your first two jabs is good for everyone. After this though you can’t keep him around

  98. Chant Says:

    Not to get off the subject but where is Scotty miller

  99. SB Says:

    crazybucs_CL Says:
    January 2nd, 2022 at 5:31 pm
    “..Might Arians calm down, get a nudge from Tom Brady, take a team vote and subsequently invite Brown back?…
    definitely that is the best scenario;

    ” …is because Arians asked Brown to play and he refused…”
    I don’t believe that; BA is not telling the truth;


    Right! Because AB is such a wonderful Human that he should get the benefit of the doubt. You certainly are crazy.

  100. captivajim Says:

    AB was 8 catches away from incentive for $333,000.00 ,, And 1TD away from another incentive of $333,000.00,,,, AND 55 yrds away from a third incentive for another $333,000.00 incentive ..

    BA didn’t want him to make up for pay lost due to 3 game suspension

  101. geno711 Says:

    captivajim Says:
    January 2nd, 2022 at 7:04 pm
    AB was 8 catches away from incentive for $333,000.00 ,, And 1TD away from another incentive of $333,000.00,,,, AND 55 yrds away from a third incentive for another $333,000.00 incentive ..

    BA didn’t want him to make up for pay lost due to 3 game suspension

    Just like it was not AB it was:
    Tomlin for Pittsburgh
    Gruden for Oakland
    Belichick for New England

  102. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    BA is a mediocre coach. The reason this team won in 2021 was TB, Gronk, LF, ME, CG and AB. These six player are also why this team made a run in 2021. CG, AB are gone. LF injury is serious to return at a high level in 14 days.

    This entire offence is now Gronk and 4th string WRs and ME. Gronk and ME will have to have the best string of games in their careers for this team to win three in a row and get to a SB.

  103. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I heard that he was due a million dollars if he achieved some numbers, and when it became clear to him that the Bucs were not gonna help him get his million dollars, he quit.
    I want to hear his side of things

  104. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Munch, did you even play peewee football you conspiracy theorist? The Bucs had absolutely no choice other than to cut his a@s the second he pulled off that stunt.

  105. Jmarkbuc Says:


    If that’s the case after he’s already hurt the team with a three game suspension, then I don’t really care about his side.

    Could have made those incentives easily.

  106. JimmyJack Says:

    NE……Go back to your fantasy football league. The fact that you wouldnt even mention our Pro Bowl Offensive Line is shameful.

    In real football those big fat guys are the biggest part of any offense. I would of assumed a NE fan would understand this but Im also not suprized.

  107. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Rod just likes to hear himself.

    It must be lonely in the double wide all alone.

  108. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    AB, has Instagram live lockeroom talks in Pitt, called Mike Mayock his GM insults in Oakland and really was a great player for a few games in NE and TB. He was accused to sexual misconduct with a former university friend turned 1 weekend personal trainer. And he threw a hotel chair off a balcony, and like 35% of the players in Pro sports and and many in developing nations around world
    paid to get a technician/nurse to write he got a vaccine he didn’t want to take so he could live normally in society and at work. The dudes and oddball but he was Tampa’s best WR a after CG got hurt. If the guy punched BA I would still keep him on the team until the PO ended or you won a SB. The move on and let him retire. TB chance of repeating ended when AB flipped today.

  109. Anonymous Says:

    Hell no he should not be picked up by the Bucs or any team that has a culture of teamwork and integrity. For the moral midgets willing to excuse his behavior in exchange for extra wins, I’d hate to see how bad your kids must be if this is reflective of your discipline and morals.

  110. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    The offensive line is good because of TB mostly. The speed of his release is way he’s rarely hit just have to look pre 2020 to see that. If you had a running QB or normal time to release QB the Oline would be average for pass pro, but still top 30.% on the run. The reason every good team wins is usually star QB and 2 superstar offensive weapons and a pass rusher. Tampa doesn’t have a star pass rusher right now, but has dwindling star QB and one super star weapon ME. IF Gronk can string a superstar run then there is a slight chance, but won’t be winning in LA or GB with this depleted of a team.

  111. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Spot on Jmarkbuc, except Munch’s mommy is in there with him in the doublewide.

  112. RandsABucFan Says:

    I don’t think AB gave BA a choice other than letting him go. You just can’t let players usurp the Head Coach’s authority. A Head Coach would lose a team in a heartbeat if players didn’t respect their authority and decisions. AB, if forgiven would set the wrong precedent and a bad example for other players.

  113. Greg Says:

    @ Listn. How are your pats doing? Let’s see how the playoffs roll out. Your negativity is emblematic of a troll that has a keyboard and feels invincible. More power to you but you are looking like a tool.

  114. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Clodhopper is Munch’s mom?

    That clears up a lot of things…..

  115. wth Says:

    this guy needs some therapy and probably some medication – pretty simple

  116. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Jmarkbuc, I hadn’t pondered that, but you may be on to something!

  117. brooks Says:

    well said Jerry, Season is over, we’re one and done in playoffs

  118. BucsFan81 Says:

    Everyone concerned over AB oh we can’t win without him. This is a team sport screw that guy for abandoning the team. I am more worried about the injured guys that are leaders on this team. Such as David, JPP, Shaq, playoff Lenny we need those guys back.

  119. Bucc941 Says:

    Antonio Brown quit on his team in the middle of a game. He should never be fortunate enough to play a down of professional football for the rest of his sorry, selfish, drama queen life.

  120. Anonymous Says:

    @Joe would have been cool if AB was mic’d up lol

  121. Mikejp Says:

    If you have a relative with ASD, you easily sympathize AB. AB might be an adult with child mental, who easily bursts out if there is some instigator. The coach should know about that. The law require an equality for all disabilities. You cannot fire them because of their disabilities and working will help them too.

  122. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    I’ll tell you all what happened… Arians is telling the truth…. This all happened RIGHT after you could see Brady in the huddle yelling at everyone… Brown was a big baby about it, Arians told him to get his ass bank in there he said no and the rest is a pathetic history and ending to someone who had it all and threw it away…. Good riddance!!

  123. BUC IT Says:

    Bruce Arians is at major fault on this….. If you are going to let him be active then let the dude play. He signed a small contract where he probably could’ve received a bit more money elsewhere. Give the dude a chance to hit some of his bonus money. This was the result of the not playing AB early when they were losing…. then he got pissed and didn’t want to play. But you are gonna let mike go all out after a hamstring issue but not let AB when he has some incentive money on the line. In my mind Bruce Arians cost us a great shot to repeat. Now we are toast.

  124. BUC IT Says:

    Sorryjackchuckieisback……. That is definitely not what happened. Right after AB made a catch early. They took him out when it was 3rd and 4 and he motioned to the sideline that he didn’t know why they were taking him out. Its the result of them not playing AB enough early.

  125. Mikejp Says:

    BA probably makes AB mad since the fake vaccine card news, an ASD guy usually suspects every thing and every one, he luckily has TB in his corner but the coaches do not understand the positive parenting.

  126. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    I’m sorry. Dungy is the last guy I need a lecture from. Said the guy who said he would have passed on Randy Moss had he dropped a few more spots to them. Great man. Good coach. Really crappy talent evaluator.

  127. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Antonio Brown is his own biggest problem.
    Why is anyone blaming BA or anyone else for Antonio’s decisions and actions.

    I hope AB can get his life in a good place, who knows whether he will or not. I hope the best for AB.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  128. Brandon Says:

    Jerry Says,

    You freaking numbnut, AB was the running all the wrong routes. He ran some bad routes and got called out for it. In the 2nd quarter, Brady took a sack where both of his receivers he was looking at were right next to each other in the middle of the field. Two other times, he obviously wasn’t on the same page as Brady. On one deep route he turned in towards the safety and Brady threw away from the safety. And on a bubble screen, Brown didn’t push his route down field far enough and then tried to adjust and dropped the ball.

  129. Scott Says:

    Brown pos lol bye

  130. Bucschamp Says:

    Brown even with a swollen ankle couldve just went in and played decoy.

  131. Purplepirate Says:

    “Give the dude a chance to hit some of his bonus money.”

    He had a chance. He used it to fake a vax card that cost him 3 games.

    He should have been let go after that. It was a spit in the face to the team. Instead he was rewarded for it. No surprise he responded with more stupidity.

  132. Buc1987 Says:

    Buh bye AB.

  133. Buc1987 Says:

    It is what it is folks….playoffs be damned.

  134. BUC IT Says:

    purple pirate…… who cares about a stupid vax card…. it was about winning a title and managing ego’s. Bruce Arians failed at that. I’m not sticking up for AB but tons of WR’s are diva’s. All we had to do was tolerate him for the playoffs. AB deserved the right to try to earn his bonuses…. he came back to the bucs this season on the cheap.

  135. BUC IT Says:

    And there is absolutely no reason for AB to be on a “pitch count” when the Bucs are losing. That’s just more reason BA totally screwed up.

  136. lambchop Says:

    This is way past a nudge from Tom Brady. AB quit on his team. Nail meet coffin (ABs career). There was a reason the turd was available last year for peanuts. You mean to say that no other team wanted him last year, but 1 week from the playoffs, they’re bring in that mental midget to derail another team’s chemistry? LOL. It’s over for him.

  137. Alexbucsfan Says:

    Yep agreed. Brady has managed AB amazingly well; Arians it seems has managed him poorly. It was a wild reaction, but he obviously deserved a shot at the bonus money. Brady seemed to cut him lose in his interview, because of the crazy on field reaction, but he’s gotta be pissed that he’s lost another elite receiver, especially one he’s devoted so much time too.

  138. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    No way anyone making as much money as he does, getting to play a game we all wish we could play, getting another chance at super bowl glory gets to throw a tantrum and walk off the field without getting cut … I don’t care what any of you day cuz I have friggin morals and values!! If you stand up for him at all cuz you worried about some millionaires winning a super bowl, who would for the most part not spit on you if you were in fire, then you are an idiot and need some lessen in honor!! F – ANTONIO BROWN!! SAID IT SINCE THEY SINGED HIM!!! …. And as soon as he was gone the chemistry looked right again!! HE’S A CANCER!!…. Can’t believe he fools such weak minded people so often!!

  139. Stone crab sam Says:

    When is the last time the Bucs we’re
    Great job guys.
    Take a day off, jump in the hot tub, c y’all wednesday.

  140. Trager Says:

    Why people keep defending a guy who repeatedly self destructions
    One team after another lol
    Maybe your wife cheats on you 3 times but you give her excuse to

  141. Se Says:

    Brown was limited in practice this past week, Arians knew Brown wasn’t 100%; the word this morning is, that Arians tried to get Brown to play while injured; Brown said he wasn’t well enough. Now, given that Brown is diligent in his practice routine, we must assume he would know his body best AND people have a RIGHT to take care of their own body, to not deliberately aggravate injury. Brown had a human right to say ‘no, I’m not a slave, I’m not going to play while injured and risk more injury.’ Everybody is looking at this upside down. Brown had every incentive to go on the field and make that bonus money that was within reach. He was concerned enough to stand up for himself, that means he was protecting his own body, which he has every RIGHT to do. By reacting in this public way, it can’t be swept under the rug, it is to be seen by all. Brice Arians deliberately did not relay why Brown refused to cover his own grave error.

  142. Jerseyguy1 Says:

    Why would he take himself out if he was that close to a Million dollars in bonuses he definitely would’ve gotten that game. Why refuse to make a Million dollars extra after missing 3 games no pay. I believe the Bucs have done similar before benching a player close to bonus money.

  143. stpetebucsfan Says:

    There is ONE fact. The training staff and the team doctor make the call. The coach simply plays the players that the DOCTOR clears for action.

    If AB was hurt he needed to go to the trainer, not AB, the trainer ultimately would have called in the team Doc for a final ruling. The “legal” “moral” battle over whether of not AB was fit to play has NOTHING to do with AB or the coaching staff.

    The team Doc is the one who accepts the liability of clearing or benching a player.

  144. Se Says:

    After looking into this for most of the day; I found Skip Bayless (from his inside sources) had the best info that made sense. It’s too much to abbreviate for a post, but like everything in life, more complicated then first appeared to me. It’s easy to understand why there would be paranoia in such a situation, but I believe now, this was a result of limited communication during an intense game–but check out the Skip Bayless account he got from people who witnessed the exchanges. I apologize for reacting too quickly myself, in the end it appears to be the result of pain of injury, frustration infused with a hot mess of human emotion that inhibits clear thinking. In short, I now believe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were grateful to Brown and wanted him to get his incentives. Right now, I’m hoping to believe the best of everyone involved.