Antonio Brown is no longer part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he pulled his shirt off and left the field mid-game, coach says
Bucs receiver Antonio Brown appeared to have taken a mid-game break, as he was seen on the sidelines taking off his shirt and leaving the team.
Bucs full-back Tom Brady told reporters after the game that the incident was “obviously a difficult situation.”
“We all love him and care deeply about him,” Brady said, adding that their relationship is more than just teammates. “I think people should have compassion and understanding for some of the very difficult things that are going on.”
Brady said he didn’t know the details of the incident until after the game.
In a press release, the NFL said there was evidence Brown and two other players had “misrepresented their immunization status.” The other two players are Buccaneers safe Mike Edwards and freestyle receiver John Franklin III, who was on the Bucs practice team.
The Pittsburgh Steelers joined Brown in 2010, and he played for them for the first nine seasons of his career. Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2019 season but was released before playing in a regular game of the season.
CNN’s Jacob Lev contributed to this report.