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Controversial NFL player Antonio Brown ‘no longer a Buc’ after leaving field shirtless

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Controversial NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown is apparently finished with his stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after throwing an on-field tantrum during a game Sunday against the New York Jets. 

Speaking at his postgame press conference on Sunday, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Brown is “is no longer a Buc” after leaving the field shirtless. 

“He is no longer a Buc. That’s the end of the story. Let’s talk about the guys who went out there and won the game,” Arians told a reporter. 

During the third quarter of the Buccaneers’ 28-24 victory against the Jets, Brown launched into a tirade on the sidelines, taking off his jersey, pads and undershirt while wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end O.J. Howard attempted to calm him down, ESPN reported

Brown then threw his shirt and gloves into the stands and dashed across the end zone while both teams were still competing on the field, waving to fans as he entered the locker room area. 

Brown was suspended for three games by the league last month for violating COVID-19 protocols after an investigation found that he and two other players had faked their their vaccination status.

Brown was the subject of a Tampa Bay Times report last year in which his former personal chef said that Brown and his girlfriend reached out to him to obtain a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

Brown was already a lightning rod in the league due to numerous allegations of sexual and verbal abuse of women as well as a reckless driving conviction. 

When the Buccaneers signed Brown in 2020, Arians said, “He screws up one time, he’s gone,” adding, “I don’t think he will because he wants to play.”

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