The drama surrounding the termination of Antonio Brown’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers contract has continued.
According to new charges made by Brown, the Buccaneers’ management ignored his assertions that he was too wounded to return to the game and forced him to leave the game shirtless after Tampa Bay defeated the Jets on Sunday. Brown and his former employers have since engaged in yet another verbal battle, with no end in sight.
The most recent of Brown’s several off-field scandals—others are listed below—is his contentious move from Florida.
Four Previous Disputes During the Antonio Brown Period
2012: The Franchise
Brown made a name for himself during his explosive sophomore campaign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, surpassing 1,000 yards in both receptions and kickoff returns. A five-year, $42.5 million contract extension was given to him as compensation for his efforts.
Sadly, Brown’s early success seemed to have gotten to him. When Brown’s stint in Pittsburgh came to an end, former teammate Ryan Clark told Dave Clark of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he and Brown got into an altercation at a training camp. Brown was furious about the rough play from the defenders in defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s scheme.
“He (was) making statements. defensively yelling, “Don’t touch me,” at Coach LeBeau and at us. I represent the brand.” remembered Ryan Clark. You’ll be breeding a monster if you give him money,
2018–19: Steel City Is Worn-Out
While Brown’s 2018–19 season was unprecedented (he was the third-fastest receiver in NFL history to accumulate 10,000 yards), it was controversially over before it had begun. Ben Roethlisberger was benched for the Steelers’ final game against the Cincinnati Bengals following rumors of an altercation with the franchise quarterback.
Brown was involved in multiple legal situations before receiving that punishment, including tossing furniture out of his 14th-floor apartment and driving over 100 mph on a suburban roadway. Through a trade to the Oakland Raiders for two middle-round selection picks, the Steelers eventually severed connections with Brown.
Next Year: Raider Gration
Brown started offending the Raiders right away, tweeting a photo of his severely blistered feet on social media after the first day of training camp as a result of not wearing the required footwear during a cryotherapy session.
Brown missed all but one training camp session due to illness. When Brown launched an unsuccessful campaign to continue using his earlier, now-banned helmet during his time with the Raiders, and subsequently allegedly got into an argument with general manager Mike Mayock verbally, more controversy erupted.
Brown was additionally accused of sexual assault by former trainer Britney Taylor and another woman shortly after the Raiders severed connections with him.
Despite the accusations, Brown later made it onto the New England Patriots squad and took part in one game with Tom Brady and company before the further controversy, which included allegations that he sent threatening text messages to one of his accusers, ended things.