What a story down there in Tampa, or New York, or wherever Antonio Brown currently is.
In case you’re living under a rock and unaware, AB walked off the field, shirtless, in the middle the Bucs/Jets game on Sunday. Everybody called him crazy and said he has CTE and did the typical jumping to conclusions. AB fired back, saying he was injured, and then the Bucs responded with this:
— xz – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 6, 2022
Head coach Bruce Arians reiterated the main points in that statement during Thursday’s media availability. Arians says AB was upset at halftime about “who was getting targeted” and eventually refused to re-enter the game. Brown reportedly said “I ain’t playing,” and Arians told him to “get the F out of here.”
AB’s statement is much longer, and it was shared by Adam Schefter and other reporters online, a communication through an attorney:
That’s a lot to digest, but the thing is this:
The Eagles have a good chance to end up with a Tampa matchup in the postseason. They’ve got some injuries on that team, and now this situation happens. You wonder if AB was a distraction, and this removes that from the team, or if it has some kind of lingering effect on the squad. It’s impossible to say, but outside of Tom Brady being the best of all time, Tampa doesn’t look invincible. Honestly, the Birds might be better off going down to Tampa vs. having to play in Dallas or LA. I think the top choice is Arizona, personally, but that matchup doesn’t have as much of a chance of taking place as some of the other scenarios.