The relationship between Antonio Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is now officially over. Four days after the former All-Pro wide receiver exited the field against the New York Jets in dramatic fashion, and following a list of accusations regarding an alleged ankle injury Brown says he’ll now undergo surgery to repair, the Buccaneers have terminated his contract — the team announced on Thursday.
In a formal statement, they also addressed the allegations Brown levied against them.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have terminated the contract of Antonio Brown, effective immediately,” the team said, via Twitter. “While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday’s game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play. We have attempted, multiple times throughout this week, to schedule an evaluation by an outside orthopedic specialist, yet Antonio has not complied. Maintaining the health and wellness of our players is of the utmost importance to our organization.
Buccaneers are releasing Antonio Brown today, league sources tell ESPN. He is, as Bruce Arians proclaimed Sunday, no longer a Buc. pic.twitter.com/1FmcXO0fZ2
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2022
For the second straight day, WR Antonio Brown did not show up on today’s NFL wire, meaning the Buccaneers still hold his rights, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2022