TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Antonio Brown on Thursday, days after his decision to leave in the middle of their comeback win over the New York Jets.
The Buccaneers released a statement confirming the release and also downplayed Brown’s charge he told staff he was too injured to play.
The team's statement in full:
"The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have terminated the contract of Antonio Brown, effective immediately. While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday’s game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play. We have attempted, multiple times throughout this week, to schedule an evaluation by an outside orthopedic specialist, yet Antonio has not complied. Maintaining the health and wellness of our players is of the utmost importance to our organization."