The saga surrounding Antonio Brown is far from over, as wide receiver now accuses the Tampa Bay Pirates of forcing him to play injured.
That’s what the 33-year-old claimed in a lengthy message posted late on Wednesday night, three days after he left the Bucs’ game against the New York Jets prematurely.
In the third quarter of this 17th clashe A week of activities in the NFL, Brown removed his jacket and shoulder pads on the sidelines. Then he left for his locker room, jumped up and waved his hand to the crowd at MetLife Stadium.
“Because I was doing my best, I succumbed to direct pressure from my coach, who wanted me to play injured,” Brown said in a statement relayed by his lawyer to the media. Despite the pain, I was in uniform. The staff injected me with what I now know to be a powerful and dangerous pain reliever, which the Players Association recommends not to use, and I have given everything for my team.”
“I played until it became clear that I could not use my ankle. Besides, the pain was excruciating.”
After the match against the Jets, coach Bruce Aryan said Brown was no longer a member of his squad.
“This is the end of the story,” he added. Now let’s talk about the guys who helped us win.”
As of Wednesday, Brown’s name is still on the Buccaneers list. His absence from training was justified for a reason not “related to an injury”.
“Being cut off on the bench because I had a traumatic injury, it really wasn’t bad. Then they wanted to give their ‘point of view’ to the story. The coach denied on national television that he knew about my ankle injury. That’s 100% wrong,” Brown also said.
On Thursday morning, the player posted on his social networking sites an exchange of text messages with Ariane about his health condition. A few hours later, the “Bucs” officially released the speaker.
In a brief statement, the team said their medics had assessed Brown was fit to play and that the player had not told anyone he was injured during the fencing.
wants to come back
The controversial figure took advantage of a public outing to give details of his ankle injury. He said an MRI test revealed a broken bone, a torn ligament and a loss of cartilage.
Brown plans to go under the knife soon and eventually return to the NFL.
“Once the surgery is done I will be 100% back and focus on next season. He will start working again!”
The former Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots missed the “Boss” matches between Week 7 and Week 15 due to an ankle injury and a three-game suspension for lying about a vaccination status.
Returning to the showdown against the Carolina Panthers, Brown had 10 passes for 101 yards. Against the aircraft, he participated in 26 offensive matches.
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