Antonio Brown’s bizarre exit: New details emerge on receiver’s shocking decision to quit on Buccaneers

The new year got off to a bizarre start for the Buccaneers on Sunday when Antonio Brown decided to ditch the team during the third quarter of their 28-24 win over the Jets. 

After a spat with coach Bruce Arians, Brown took off his helmet, his shoulder pads and his undershirt and then stormed off the field shirtless. Although Brown has been active on social media over the past 24 hours, one thing he has yet to reveal is why he left the field. However, NFL.com did offer some clarity on the situation Monday. 

According to the league’s official website, Brown felt he was too injured to play so he refused to go in the game when Arians asked him to. Going into Week 17, Brown had been dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of practice on both Thursday and Friday. The same ankle injury had also caused him to miss multiple games this year. 

By the time the third quarter rolled around, Brown apparently felt that he couldn’t help the team and that it wouldn’t do any good to put him in the game. Brown’s decision clearly didn’t sit well with Arians, who told him to “Get out” after the receiver twice refused to enter the game. 

Following Tampa Bay’s win, Arians was asked if Brown’s ankle played a role in the bizarre situation and he emphatically said “no,” according to ESPN.com. Although quitting on your team in the middle of a game is a horrible look for Brown, it will also be a bad look for Arians if it turns out that Brown’s version of events is true. If Brown was too injured to play, then Arians shouldn’t have continuously asked him to go into the game. However, Arians continued to insist on Monday that Brown never mentioned the injury as a reason why he couldn’t return to the game. 

Before his exit, Brown caught three passes for 26 yards. 

If you missed Brown leaving the field, here’s what it looked like: 

Just before he ran off the field, two teammates — Mike Evans and O.J….

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