In an appearance on HBO’s Serious Sports activities Tuesday night, previous Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown and his law firm Sean Burstyn alleged that the Buccaneers are trying to use Brown’s mental wellness to cover up their mistreatment of the receiver, who infamously taken out his uniform and walked off the area for the duration of his team’s Week 17 match versus the Jets.
The previous All-Professional also reported that the team provided him money to search for psychological wellbeing treatment method in buy to further more that narrative that his psychological wellness was the result in of the incident and make him “not reliable to do a very good occupation on the field.”
“These men at Tampa Bay Bucs tried to make an agreement with me to give me $200,000 to go to the ridiculous household so these fellas could search like they know what they conversing about,” Brown told host Bryant Gumbel. Burstyn went on to demonstrate that the Bucs preferred to position Brown on a reserve listing and have him commit himself to some sort of intensive psychological health remedy.
“And we were being especially told in writing by the standard supervisor, two times, ‘Don’t spin this any other way,’” Burstyn mentioned.
Brown mentioned he informed Gumbel that he was too damage to enjoy for the duration of the game in opposition to the Jets. He stated he educated Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians about the injuries, and that Arians’ reaction to Brown is what prompted the receiver’s actions. He also said that Arians’ assert that Brown was upset about his deficiency of targets was a lie.
“I want people to know that I was handled unfairly,” he said. “I was pushed to enjoy whilst damage and, in the midst of that, by not staying equipped to enjoy damage I was explained to ‘Get the hell out of here’ and ‘You’re done.'”
Brown’s attorney, who stated they are thinking of legal motion in addition to pursuing relief as a result of the CBA, reported they have evidence that supports his statements — some of which has come from the Buccaneers.
“They are weaponizing psychological wellbeing — anything persons want to imagine about Antonio Brown, to deal with up a truly very simple circumstance — which is a participant who gave his all, gave his bodily well being for a group and received slice when he stated ‘this is my limit and I are not able to go more,’” Burstyn explained.
Gumbel also straight requested Brown if he felt he wanted enable with any mental well being troubles.
“I have mental wealth,” Brown replied.
Brown was in his next season with Tampa Bay and had 42 catches for 545 yards and 4 touchdowns. He experienced 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns in 2020.
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