What we know about receiver’s abrupt exit from Jets game, split with Buccaneers

Antonio Brown’s NFL career took another bizarre turn on Sunday when the wide receiver walked away from his team’s game at MetLife Stadium.

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trailing the New York Jets 24-10 in the third quarter, Brown removed his uniform and pads before walking off the field shirtless. Brown tossed his gloves and shirt into the stands. He waved to fans as he jogged through the end zone and into the tunnel.

Beforehand, teammate Mike Evans appeared to try to calm down Brown, who had three catches for 26 yards in the game.

After Brown bailed on the Bucs, quarterback Tom Brady helped lead a comeback. Brady connected with Cyril Grayson for a 33-yard touchdown play with 15 seconds left to secure a 27-24 victory.

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Antonio Brown gestures to the crowd as he leaves the field during the Buccaneers’ game against the Jets.

Why did Antonio Brown leave Sunday’s game?

While the reason for Brown’s premature exit is not apparent, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians had asked the receiver to go into the game and Brown refused.

What is Antonio Brown’s status with the Buccaneers?

Following Sunday’s win over the Jets, Arians said that Brown was off the team.

“He is no longer a Buc,” Arians said. “All right? That’s the end of the story. Let’s talk about the guys who went out there and won the game.”

Brown was appearing in his second game since being suspended Dec. 2 for three games for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. The NFL said in a statement then that Brown was one of three “players (who) misrepresented their vaccination status under the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 Protocols.”

What did Antonio Brown say after the game?

Following the game, Brown tweeted “Super Gremlin.” On…

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