What we know about WR’s ‘cover-up’ allegations; Buccaneers’ response; NFL future

The saga of Antonio Brown continues to play out as teams prepare for the final week of the regular season.

Brown’s season came to an end Sunday against the New York Jets when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver took off his uniform and pads in the third quarter with the Bucs trailing by two touchdowns. Brown eventually left the field with no shirt, throwing it and his gloves into the stands before leaving the stadium.

On Wednesday night, Brown released a lengthy statement via his attorney in which he tried to explain what happened on Sunday. The wide receiver said he was pressured to play injured. On Thursday, the Buccaneers officially cut Brown and terminated his contract, while also explaining their side of the story.

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Antonio Brown’s side of the story

According to a statement released from his lawyer, Sean Burstyn, Brown said he was forced to play on an injured ankle and he discussed this with head coach Bruce Arians. The seven-time Pro Bowler said that an MRI taken Monday showed his ankle had broken bone fragments, a torn ligament and cartilage loss.

“I didn’t quit. I was cut. I didn’t walk away from my brothers. I was thrown out,” Brown said in the statement.

Brown also said the team is covering up his medical condition. His lawyer said in a statement that people are portraying Brown’s sudden exit as the result of “mental health issues” and not his ankle injury.

“As part of their ongoing cover-up, they are acting like I wasn’t cut and now demanding that I see a doctor of their choice to examine my ankle,” Brown said.

On Thursday morning, Brown released the purported text messages between him and Arians that show a photo of his ankle…


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