Bruce Arians addressed the media for the first time since the NFL suspended Antonio Brown and Mike Edwards after it was determined the players misrepresented their COVID vaccination status to the league.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach wasted little time addressing the elephant in the room when he told reporters what he thinks about the reasons for their suspensions.
“Obviously, we have two guys suspended. The league did their due diligence, and we’ll move on,” Arians said. “I will not address those guys for the next three weeks. They’ll just be working out. And then we’ll address their future at that time. Other than that, there is really nothing to say. And I know everybody wants the other story, but we’re playing the Falcons. I don’t give a s— about [the vaccination controversy].”
An investigation was launched after allegations stating they “misrepresented their vaccine status under the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 Protocols” emerged.
The Buccaneers signed Brown in the middle of the 2020 season, and at the time, Arians made it clear that the franchise would part ways with him if he messed up one time.
“He screws up one time, he’s gone,” Arians told NBC Sports’ Peter King after the move. “I don’t think he will because he wants to play.”
Brown was off to a nice start to the 2021 season, but he has missed an extended period of time due to an ankle injury.
Before the suspension, he was already slated to miss two games anyway.
Prior to suffering the ankle injury, Brown had 29 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns in five games.