And also you thought the Antonio Brown drama was over.
The now-ex Buccaneers receiver launched into one other public tirade towards his former workforce after they released him Thursday. This time, Brown, who stormed off the sector mid-game towards the Jets on Sunday, went after his Tampa Bay quarterback – and largest advocate – Tom Brady.
“To me, a buddy is somebody who’s received your again,” Brown mentioned on Friday’s episode of the “Full Send Podcast.” “Not all people in sports activities goes to be your buddy. Tom Brady’s my buddy why? As a result of I’m soccer participant. He wants me to play soccer. Individuals have completely different meanings of what friendship is.”
Brady was largely chargeable for Brown touchdown in Tampa Bay through the 2020 season, signing a one-year deal previous to the workforce’s Tremendous Bowl run. The quarterback invited Brown to live with him and his family in Florida and satisfied the Bucs to signal him – regardless of head coach Bruce Arians beforehand calling him a “diva.”
Brown, nevertheless, doesn’t appear to understand his quarterback’s actions. Appearing on Clubhouse with Kazeem Famuyide, Ashley Nicole Moss, and Sean Brown, he appeared to indicate Brady didn’t do sufficient.
“You’ll be able to’t actually count on anybody to be your buddy within the enterprise of soccer,” Brown mentioned. “Within the enterprise of soccer, our enterprise is successful. Brady and I like successful. We now have that in widespread. That’s what makes me wish to be round him, makes us jell, makes us nice. I’m out right here getting prove-it contracts, you say you’re my buddy, I shouldn’t be enjoying on that sort of deal after I got here right here and we received a Tremendous Bowl.”
The 33-year-old receiver already had a laundry checklist of off-field points, and was unemployed for a season and a half earlier than signing with the Bucs after sexual assault allegations were revealed. It’s cheap to argue that Brown wouldn’t have gotten one other NFL likelihood if not for Brady, which the receiver admitted was true.
“Brady is the final supervisor,” Brown mentioned on the Full Ship Podcast. “He’s the man my agent made the contract with, he’s the intermediary and politician. I talked to Tom, and he is aware of I’m not going to play.”
Since signing the deal, Brown was in a position to preserve his antics moderately beneath management for a couple of calendar yr. Through the season, although, he was suspended three video games for utilizing a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. Then got here Sunday’s notorious meltdown at MetLife Stadium, the place he stormed off the sector — and off the workforce’s roster — following a sideline dispute with the teaching employees.
Brown additionally continued attacking Arians on Full Ship, whom he has claimed pressured him to play by way of an ankle harm.
“Think about the man who you suppose has your again, who you flew right here with to do a mission, and they know your situation, and also you get there and also you’re battling with them, that he tells you that as a result of you possibly can’t go to battle with them, he tells you to get the f–okay out of there?” Brown mentioned. “I’m an alpha male. In case you discriminate on my public picture and my identify, at that time, it’s f–okay you too professionally.”
Arians has denied Brown’s claims, saying, “at no time limit throughout that recreation did he ever ask the coach or physician about his ankle.”