In an look on HBO’s Authentic Athletics Tuesday night time, previous Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown and his attorney Sean Burstyn alleged that the Buccaneers are making an attempt to use Brown’s mental well being to cover up their mistreatment of the receiver, who infamously taken out his uniform and walked off the subject throughout his team’s Week 17 video game towards the Jets.
The previous All-Professional also reported that the group supplied him revenue to seek mental well being treatment method in get to additional that narrative that his psychological wellness was the lead to of the incident and make him “not trusted to do a excellent work on the field.”
“These men at Tampa Bay Bucs tried to make an arrangement with me to give me $200,000 to go to the insane property so these men could look like they know what they conversing about,” Brown advised host Bryant Gumbel. Burstyn went on to explain that the Bucs needed to location Brown on a reserve record and have him dedicate himself to some kind of intensive psychological well being treatment method.
“And we were being exclusively informed in composing by the general manager, twice, ‘Don’t spin this any other way,’” Burstyn claimed.
Brown mentioned he advised Gumbel that he was way too damage to perform for the duration of the game from the Jets. He said he educated Tampa Bay head mentor Bruce Arians about the personal injury, and that Arians’ response to Brown is what prompted the receiver’s steps. He also claimed that Arians’ assert that Brown was upset about his absence of targets was a lie.
“I want individuals to know that I was dealt with unfairly,” he stated. “I was pushed to participate in while harm and, in the midst of that, by not staying equipped to participate in hurt I was told ‘Get the hell out of here’ and ‘You’re finished.'”
Brown’s attorney, who claimed they are thinking about lawful motion in addition to pursuing reduction through the CBA, explained they have evidence that supports his statements — some of which has arrive from the Buccaneers.
“They are weaponizing mental wellbeing — all the things men and women want to consider about Antonio Brown, to go over up a seriously uncomplicated situation — which is a participant who gave his all, gave his physical nicely staying for a crew and got slice when he said ‘this is my limit and I cannot go additional,’” Burstyn explained.
Gumbel also instantly asked Brown if he felt he wanted enable with any mental wellness difficulties.
“I have mental wealth,” Brown replied.
Brown was in his 2nd period with Tampa Bay and had 42 catches for 545 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns in 2020.
The group had no remark when contacted by The Athletic.
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