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Antonio Brown Sideline Meltdown Because Bruce Arians Wanted Him To Play Injured Which Is Wrong

Antonio Brown Statement Transcript On Bruce Arians Cutting Him For Not Playing Injured

Author’s note: as of this writing, this transcript of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown’s statement through his lawyer is the only fully transcribed version of Antonio Brown’s Statement available online and its here at OaklandNewsNow.com. The other accounts include links to photos of his statement posted on Twitter. So Jack Dorsey, Twitter Founder, benefits, but not the media organizations who employ the sports reporters who do this. Thus, the social media web platforms (and ZENNIE62MEDIA, INC.) gain the monetizable web traffic, and not the other media organizations who hired the the sports reporters who do this. Consider this when you hear talk of why journalists are getting fired left and right because there’s no money to pay them.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown Statement On Events Leading Up To His Leaving The Field During The New York Jets Game, And What Happened After The Contest.

First of all, I’d like to express my gratitude to the Bucs, fans, and my teammates. The Bucs helped me to return to productive football after I had difficulties that could have ended my career. We worked together to resolve those difficulties, and I will always appreciate that. Being a part of a Super Bowl champion team and then a contender is a dream come true.

I make mistakes. I’m working on myself and have positive influences around me. But one thing I don’t do is shy away from playing hard on the field. No one can accuse me of not giving it all, every play.

Because of my commitment to the game, I relented to pressure directly from my coach to play injured. Despite the pain, I suited up, the staff injected me with what I now know was a powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller that the NFLPA has warned against using, and I gave it all for my team. I played until it was clear that I could not use my ankle to safely perform my playing responsibilities. On top of that, the pain was extreme. I took a seat on the sideline and my coach came up to me, very upset, and shouted “What’s wrong with you? What’s wrong with you?” I told him “It’s my ankle.” But he knew that. It was well-documented and we had discussed it. He then ordered me to get on the field. I said “Coach, I can’t”. He didn’t call for medical attention. Instead, he shouted at me “YOU’RE DONE!” While he ran his finger across his throat. Coach was telling me that if I didn’t play hurt, then I was done with the Bucs.

I didn’t quit. I was cut. I didn’t walk away from my brothers. I was thrown out. Being fired across his throat. Being fired on the sideline for having a painful injury was bad enough. Then came their “spin”. Coach denied on national television that he knew about my ankle. That’s 100 percent inaccurate. Not only did he know I missed several games with the injury, he and I exchanged texts days before the game where he clearly acknowledged after the game in text messages to my camp that I did tell coach about my ankle pain on Sunday.

I knew we were losing to the Jets, and that was frustrating for all of us. But I could not make football plays on that ankle. Yes, I walked off the field. But there’s a major difference between launching from the line and taking hits, compared to jogging off the field with a rush of emotions going through your mind. I am reflecting on my reaction, but there was a trigger. The trigger was someone telling me that I am not allowed to feel pain. I acknowledge my past. But my past does not make me a second class citizen. My past does not forfeit my right to be heard when I am in pain.

First, they cut me. Now they cage me. Instead of asking how I felt or getting to the bottom of it, the team texted my camp promoting a totally false narrative that I randomly acted out without any explanation. They even told us in writing “don’t spin this” any other way. I have stress, I have things I need to work on. But the worst part of this has been the Bucs repeated effort to portray this as a random outburst. They are telling people that I first walked off, then was cut. No. No. No. I was cut first then I went home. They threw me out like an animal and I refused to wear their brand on my body, so I took my jersey off.

As part of their on-going coverup, they are acting like I wasn’t cut, and now demanding that I see a doctor of their choice to examine my ankle. What they did not know until now is that on Monday morning, I had an urgent MRI on my ankle. It shows broken bone fragments stuck in my ankle, the ligament torn from the bone, and cartilage loss, which are beyond painful. You can see the bone bulging from the outside. But that must end and also be repaired. The MRI has been read by two top orthopedic surgeons in NYC, including Dr. Martin O’Malley at Hospital for Special Surgery. Not realizing that I already scheduled a surgery at HSS for another opinion. What a joke. They’re playing like I wasn’t cut, giving me a surprise attack “order” to show up to another doctor with no reasonable notice, and setting this whole thing up as a basis to cut me because what they did on Sunday was not legitimate. Sorry, GM. I already received a confirming opinion from the Top Doc at the hospital you “ordered” me to go to.

I love the Bucs fans, I really do. I love my teammates and everyone who showed me grace and believed in me. I gave the Bucs everything I had on the field. What the organization is doing now needs to get cleaned up. I do not understand now people claiming to be concerned about my mental health can do these things to me in private.

Once my surgery is complete, I’ll be back to 100 percent and looking forward to next season. Business is gonna be BOOMIN!

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