Antonio Brown and his lawyer has finally spoken. The NFL wide receiver has been the biggest story in the NFL after he stormed off the field shirtless during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the New York Jets in Week 17.
A verbal altercation on the sideline with Bruce Arians led to the head coach telling Brown to leave. Here’s what Brown had to say:
After he spoke, his lawyer would soon take to Twitter and blast critics for thinking he would fake an injury as well as false rumors that were put out there in the wake of the incident.
“Antonio Brown never faked an injury in his life. It is incredible that people are pushing false rumors that what happened Sunday was the result of mental health issues and not a well known ankle injury. Mental health is important, but so is basic dignity.
Why would they embark on a campaign of false concealment? To avoid responsibility for ignoring the risk of serious injury for the sake of winning a game. Antonio has reflected on this for days and prepared a heartfelt statement that he will release soon.
His injury can clearly be seen on the MRI image taken Monday morning. Among other things, you can plainly see a piece of loose BONE from the outside that is pressing into his ankle joint and a ligament snapped clean off the bone. (He will recover, but needs surgery.
We all know that the NFL does not condone the ordering of players in pain or at risk of serious injury to play. Moreover, the injury and location of the visible bone fragment prevented Antonio Brown from being able to make the type of football moves that he is famous for.
Imagine yourself trying to avoid a linebacker homing in for a big hit and not being able to cut in time to avoid the hit (and keep running)? A team cannot and should never put a player at such risk. Conceal such conduct by writing him off as erratic is unlawful.
After, the Bucs pushed our camp to claim that they did nothing wrong and suggested that we should say this event was purely the product of mental illness. Now they’re subjecting him to behind the scenes arbitrary gamesmanship. They cut him, now they cage him.”
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