The NFL Players Association plans to investigate Antonio Brown’s allegations that Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians and the organization are trying to cover up incidents of mismanagement, which led to Brown’s abrupt exit from the team on Sunday.
NFLPA spokesperson George Atallah told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday that because Brown has yet to contact the players’ union, details remain scarce. However, NFLPA officials plan to follow standard operating procedure and investigate Brown’s claims of medical mismanagement just as they would anytime a player makes such allegations.
Brown removed his jersey and pads in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, tossed them aside and walked off the field following a conversation with Arians. He released a statement Wednesday night through his attorney claiming the coach fired him for refusing to play while injured.
Brown also said he learned that the Buccaneers had injected him with a “powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller that the NFLPA has warned against using.”
Following the game, Arians declined to share much insight into the incident but said Brown was no longer a member of the team. The following day, Arians denied he had any knowledge that Brown was injured and said the wide receiver had been cleared by the medical team to play.
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Brown, in his statement, called Arians’ comments “100% inaccurate.” He also said an MRI on his ankle on Monday revealed broken bone fragments stuck in his ankle and that he will be having surgery.
It is unclear when an NFLPA investigation would officially commence, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether the NFL would take any action.
Arians said Brown is no longer a member of the team, and Brown has confirmed that. However, the Buccaneers have yet to officially release him or place him on any type of exempt list. Sunday’s exit was the latest in a long line of incidents that have littered the career of the four-time first-team All-Pro…