All the talk from last week was the reuniting of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. That ended fairly quickly.
Brown stormed off the field at MetLife Stadium during the Bucs-Jets game on Sunday, and everybody knew what was coming once they got a chance to speak with Bruce Arians.
Bell and Brown were teammates in Pittsburgh, so he had a different reaction than everybody else who witnessed what he did on this day.
“I found out when we got into the locker room after the game, I instantly sent him a text real quick, he texted me back,” Bell said, via Pro Football Talk. “He’s still one of my closest friends. You won’t hear me talking bad about AB at all. Things happen, but he’s one of my closest friends that I’ve been around, close teammates. Overall good person. Obviously some bad decision-making sometimes, but he’s human, he’s not perfect, and we’ll continue to move on without him and keep moving forward.”
Bell wasn’t the only former teammate that voiced support for Brown as Tom Brady, who fought hard to get him on the Bucs, asked everyone to extend help to the former Buccaneers wide receiver.
“That’s obviously a difficult situation. I think we all want him to … I think everybody should find, hopefully, do what they can to help him in ways he really needs it. We all love him, we all care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best and unfortunately it won’t be with our team,” Brady said.
After his sideline tirade, it is unlikely that another team would take a chance on him and he probably ended his career in the National Football League just two days into 2022.
At this point, his mental health should be the main focus for the rest of his life.
Bell, Brady and the Bucs, meanwhile, will take on the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.