On a night where everything that could go wrong was going wrong, routine plays weren’t executed. Both offensive and defensive units were struggling. Special teams were noticed (like offensive linemen, this isn’t good). The reigning world champions were being slapped up and down the field, by the New York Jets!
As the utter absurdity of the situation was getting to everyone, it lit the spark on a fire that the whole world would see. Antonio Brown, stripped to the waist and running through the end zone, flipping the deuces to the fans as he disappeared into the tunnel.
What exactly happened has been visited by the whole gang of rumors, conjectures, guesses, and clickbait. What transpired on the sideline has remained fairly secret, as players have taken the moral high ground and not become involved.
One thing that has been reliably reported is that the former Buccaneers wideout is filing a legal claim. This is related to the ankle surgery for the injury Brown’s representative’s claim was the source of the confrontation.
Tampa Bay head coach, Bruce Arians has remained mostly quiet and refrained from speaking at length about his relationship with Brown. Recently, while speaking on The Pat McAfee Show, Arians was full of praise for the much-traveled veteran.
“Nobody works harder [than Brown]”, additionally stating that “I was sad” when talking about how the incident went down. Adding further praise by describing Antonio Brown as “always in great shape” – “unbelievable skill-set”, and “one of those guys that refuses to age”.
I think we can all agree that it’s great to see Bruce Arians speaking so highly of a player that parted on bad terms, as we can that Brown is indeed one of the best players in his position. But let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that any bridges are being built.