Tampa, FL — Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians addressed the media today as customary the day after a game and was bombarded by questions pertaining to Antonio Brown’s situation.
There had been word going around that Antonio Brown would not go into the game because he was injured; Bruce Arians shot that down today by stating that he did not know that he was and that Brown nor a trainer had told him that he was injured.
Arians also made it known that they had a conversation, and Brown left the field. When asked what he might have said to Brown to make him leave, he replied, “You’d have to ask him, brother. I don’t have a clue.” He declined to divulge the content of their conversation. He also remarked that the team had no issue, “none whatsoever,” with the length of Brown’s rehab for his injured ankle.
As for whether or not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to cut wide receiver Antonio Brown or place him on a Reserve/ Did Not Report list, the Buccaneers head coach said that would be up to the Bucs’ general manager Jason Licht. However, when asked about his decision to cut Antonio Brown, Bruce Arians said it was very hard and wishes him well and hopes that he gets the help he needs. Bruce Arians let it be known that he does care about Antonio Brown.
No one spoke of the narrative being thrown around that the Bucs did this purposely to Brown so they would not have to pay him the incentives he was so close to obtaining — that is an insult to the professionalism of the organization and easily the furthest thing from the truth.