Antonio Brown Says Bucs Weren’t Grateful To Have Him

June 25th, 2023

Antonio Brown did a wild and confusing job explaning why he simultaneously was a me-first guy but still a team player during the Buccaneers’ 2021 season — the one in which he famously quit during the Week 17 Bucs-Jets game.

Brown sat down for an hour or so Tyreek Hill’s It Needed To Be Said podcast published yesterday.

He had a lot to say.

As usual, Brown was all over the place, but a common theme was that the Bucs didn’t respect him, appreciate him or care about him. And they didn’t pay him enough for the 2021 season in which he earned about $3 million, minus the roughly $750,000 he lost because the NFL suspended him for providing a phone COVID vaccine card.

“They like minimizing my role off the bat like, ‘Yo, he’s here. He’s staying with Tom.’ It was like I’m just this crazy guy that just came. Only way I’m here [is] to help for the Super Bowl, let’s get it clear,” Brown said of the Bucs.

“You know what I’m saying? So they went to like still making like I was some kind of issue. Then they win, and do everything that we’re supposed to do, we do. And then I’m here the last one getting signed [in 2021] for like a low deal. [After] I already had played eight games [in 2020] for like a million dollars and it was like a bonus for [catches and winning the Super Bowl]. … That’s like some hocus pocus, like if this just happened.

“So it was like I was grateful. But I don’t they was really grateful for me. … “The next year I was like, ‘Damn, I see the real value of what they think of me.'”

Of course, Brown seemed oblivious to the fact he signed the 2021 free agent contract of his own free will. He could have played for another team.

Joe thought it was interesting that Brown seemed in denial about the fraudulent vaccine card and sounded like he expected the Bucs to defend him on that charge leveled against him by the NFL. Former Bucs safety Mike Edwards also was suspended.

Brown had plenty more to say, but Joe’s head is sore from listening. Brown sort of contradicted himself and didn’t take responsiblity for his decisions as they related to his health.

48 Responses to “Antonio Brown Says Bucs Weren’t Grateful To Have Him”

  1. Dewey Selmon Says:

    3 straight passes to Brown in the last game of a year to get him a bonus while costing RoJo 1,000 yards rushing and a bonus.

  2. Bucsfan13 Says:

    This is like his fourth different version of the situation. He’s looking for attention, and no better way to get it by mentioning Brady’s name. I listened to the entire podcast and he was telling straight up falsehoods. No one challenged him at all. He claimed he was promised 10-12 targets that game. He had 5 at the half. We were down receivers. He would’ve reached that goal easily. No one on the podcast mentioned it. He also had like 14 targets the game before! Oh, Brady also made sure he got his incentives in 2020.

    By the way, has he had that ankle surgery he said he needed?

  3. SOEbuc Says:

    Have you ever seen a tumor do jumping-jacks.

  4. sasquatch Says:

    Can we not? He’s not worth the time.

  5. Marine Buc Says:

    Antonio Brown was like a tube of used toothpaste…

    The Bucs squeezed out all the remaining NFL life he had left then we threw him in the bin.

    That offense with Brady, Gronk, AB, Evans and Godwin was unstoppable at times.

    I would not change a single thing the Bucs did in order to win the Super Bowl including putting up with AB’s mental illness.

    It was all worth it.

  6. Bucsfan13 Says:

    He wouldn’t have had a NFL life if it wasn’t for the Bucs. He was persona non grata around the league.

  7. ATLBuc Says:

    He reminds me of one of my ex-wives. No matter how much you do for them they always have something negative to say about you and question your motives

  8. K2 Says:

    Sad…if Antonio Brown could have controlled himself: 1) He would have got paid big time (probably not the Bucs) the next season and 2) Bucs probably win another Super Bowl!

  9. Bojim Says:

    Was glad to have him until his batsht craziness came back.

  10. A Bucs Fan Says:

    AB is the reason the Bucs won and lost a SB. If only he could have conquered his demons. Instead he shirks responsibility and remains the victim of his life like every narcissist before him.

  11. Stanglassman Says:


  12. gp Says:

    Sad sad little man.
    His only marketable skill it seems was his ability to run a route and catch a ball.
    Would not be surprised to hear that he’s bankrupt in the very near future.
    Don’t think even Walmart would hire him now.

  13. Chris Stewart Says:

    Glory days

  14. Confused Says:

    Yes, it’s a secret club. –Joe

  15. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Sad deal all the way around…his life continues to swirl the drain. Because he came to the Bucs with two strikes already against him…there was no margin for further outbursts. He probably was underpaid in many ways…and the bitterness got the best of him. Imagine him coming off two Super Bowl rings and possibly a Super Bowl MVP ( in my dreams…but plausible ). Now he’s likely done for good…short of the Hall of Fame and broke as a joke. A real shame…

  16. Lokog Says:

    I hope he turns up dead one of theze dayz

  17. Irishmist Says:

    The average person has trains of thought. Bipolar/ADD people like him have bumper cars of thought. It makes it exhausting to attempt conversation, because their thoughts bounce around from one thing to another without ever getting anywhere.

  18. gp Says:

    Lokog Says:
    June 25th, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    I hope he turns up dead one of theze dayz

    Not to worry!
    That’s in the cards for all of us.

  19. AnonymousBuc76 Says:

    Antonio Brown Says Bucs Weren’t Grateful To Have Him 🙄…

    Can someone please give this guy a kleenex, a squeegee, or something 😢😭🤧…

    The reality is, he was a head case to begin with but was a nice complimentary piece to an already Super bowl caliber football team (assuming he behaved); we did not need him to get to that Super bowl; although he did happen to have a good game Super bowl Sunday…

    He was not thankful for a team giving him not a second chance, but a third freaking chance… And his way of saying thank you was to patiently wait until the team actually did need him so he could conveniently quit on his teammates…

    I’m 46 years old and I’ve watched a million football games on every level and I must say I’ve never seen anything like the spectacle Antonio Brown put on in New York that day…I was not happy when we signed him initially because I knew it would end badly and he didn’t prove me wrong…

    And can someone please check this guy for CTE…

  20. AnonymousBuc76 Says:

    Joe thanks you for your patronage. –Joe

  21. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    Whoa…easy on the dead thing.

    We all have an expiration date.

  22. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Lock them BOTH up!!!!!! Interviewer and interviewee

  23. Marine Buc Says:

    Some have said that AB was never right in the head after Vontaze Burfict knocked him out cold with that nasty hit during the 2015 playoff game against the Bengals…

  24. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Bruce Arians could not win a Superbowl without AB.

  25. Sly Pirate Says:

    Bailed on Steelers
    Screwed the Raiders
    Fired by Patriots
    Multiple lawsuits and broke

    NFL Pariah … unsignable

    Taken in by TB12
    Signed by Bucs
    Super Bowl

    Who doesn’t appreciate who?

  26. Oddball Says:

    What Marine said.

    Brutal hit.

  27. Nicky666 Says:

    AB can go pi$$ up a rope – absolute cancer of a human being

  28. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Please, no more stories about AB!

  29. Miller5252 Says:

    Good golly miss Molly!! I listened up to the point that his top 5 receivers all time had Deion in it. Haha I know I know, he won’t do receivers. Joe, did you listen to all that??? If you did, and anyone else did, I think you come out dumber. What a dang train wreck that was….. Non stop AB rambling on about how he’s a dang victim. Won’t admit to fake Covid card, bringing adult star to his hotel before the jets game, throwing Brady under the bus, the team was out to get him, he told the Raiders they weren’t good enough…..WOW!! He’s gotta have CTE. Total train wreck interview.

  30. Crickett Baker Says:

    I am old and hardly understood anything he was saying when I watched that interview. I am glad you at least translated some of it for me, Joe. It seems he has nothing left but to dwell upon twisted memories. It’s sad but I can’t feel sorry for him.

  31. Aaron Says:

    Love the talent but you can’t argue with crazy!

  32. Nate Says:

    Ummm negatory Antonio Cl🤡wn … everything was fine until Mike & Chris got hurt and you used that as the perfect opportunity to be the best receiver who is needed and extorted special treatment for it 💯

  33. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    gp Says:
    “Would not be surprised to hear that he’s bankrupt in the very near future.”

    He gots his bling tho. That’s the most important priority.

  34. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    Marine Buc Says:
    “Some have said that AB was never right in the head after Vontaze Burfict knocked him out cold…”

    This is a common argument, but people have interviewed his family members, high school and college coaches, and the consensus is that he has always been disturbed.

  35. garro Says:

    I for one am grateful to have Antonio Brown….Gone!

  36. garro Says:

    Lost what little respect I had for Tyreek Hill just because he allowed this POS on his show.

  37. Oak Says:

    Antonio Brown’s a psycho punk. If he gets the help he needs he’ll still just be a punk.

  38. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    F AB

  39. garro Says:

    And to think Tom Brady allowed this Psycho to stay at his house!
    Wow! I have been around nut jobs but never invited one home.

    Go Bucs!

  40. G-Buc Says:

    Brady inviting this d-bag into his home shows his dedication to winning more than anything.


  41. BUC CHEEKS Says:


    F this guy

  42. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    It would probably help Antonio Brown in life if he could actually UTTER a COHERENT SENTENCE.

  43. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    garro Says:
    “I have been around nut jobs but never invited one home.”

    You never dated a redhead?

  44. D-Rome Says:

    COOF vaccine cards. 😂😂😂

  45. Brandon Says:

    He wasn’t grateful…. the Bucs were the only team to offer him a contract two years straight. Nobody forced his crazy self to re-sign.

  46. KYBUCFAN Says:


    Careful! Karma is a bit** and she bites…

  47. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    No denying AB’s 2020 on field talent and contribution to the 2020 SB win, but chaos follows that man wherever he goes. He got himself a majority ownership stake in the local arena football team in my neck of the woods (Albany Empire) and has proceeded to destroy a team that was a championship club and turned them into a laughing stock. Coaches getting fired (one even after one game!), several key players quitting for allegedly not getting paid, and team equipment being stolen as “payment”. Heck AB tells what few fans are left he’s going to suit up and play but that was a ruse that never happened and was a ploy to get a few tickets sold. It’s so bad that AB allegedly didn’t pay the arena league fees and the team that was a champion a season or two ago is now booted from the friggin arena league! AB certainly has a way of making headlines wherever he lands.

  48. Tony Says:

    There’s a perfect combo. Antonio & Tyreek.

    Antonio & Tyreek opening up a meditation clinic for everybody. More updates coming.