Buccaneers’ Antonio Brown slams media for causing ‘drama’ over suspension issues
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Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown had no interest in discussing his recent suspension from the NFL.
Brown was asked on Sunday after Tampa Bay’s 32-6 win over the Panthers about what it meant to have coach Bruce Arians in his corner after returning from a three-game suspension for distorting his vaccination status COVID-19. Brown quickly dismissed the question, saying “next question” several times before retaliating against the reporter.
“We just want to talk about this game,” Brown said. “We don’t want to waste time with you guys writing fake stuff. “
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When a reporter pushed back on Brown’s decision not to talk about it, saying he hadn’t spoken to the media since the suspension, Brown said he just didn’t want to talk about the suspension.
“You guys, it’s all dramatic,” Brown said. “It’s all about football. We’re here to talk about Carolina or I don’t want to talk to you guys.”
Earlier in the season, it was reported that Brown’s former boss claimed he used a fake vaccination card to avoid strict NFL protocols regarding COVID-19. The former chief claimed Brown owed him $ 10,000. Weeks later, the NFL suspended Brown and safety Mike Edwards after concluding that there was evidence to support claims the Tampa Bay teammates had “distorted their immunization status.”
Both players have been suspended for three games.
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It had been reported that Brown could be on thin ice as soon as he joined the Buccaneers in October 2020, with Arians telling Peter King that if Brown “shits once he’s gone,” according to Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk from NBC.
Obviously, that was not the case as Arians said after Brown’s suspension was concluded that it would be in the team’s “best interests” to fire Brown and Edwards.
The news came after top wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were injured. Godwin is out for the season, while Evans missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.
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I certainly didn’t mean to disrespect @ AB84 asking him what it meant that Bruce Arians was standing in his corner after what some would have considered a “dud”. He is allowed to respond what he feels. It is his right. But I can assure you that I care about honesty – not the “drama”.
– JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) December 26, 2021
In Brown’s opener, he caught 10 of his 15 targets for 101 yards, all of which led the team.
Brown was asked if he thought he could come back, to which he replied that he was “here to do my job”.
“I can’t control what people write, how people try to trick me or try to put me down,” Brown said. “Life is about obstacles and perseverance and doing what’s right. So you get the right results, so I stand here before you grateful, humble, thankful and excited guys to be a part of a great win with my teammates. It’s not about what I did. It’s about what all the guys did together and that’s it. “
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Brown said most of his problems are dramas created by the media and dramas created by people who want something from him.
“But it’s just a part of life, a part of being in the position I’m in,” Brown said. “I can’t control what people want from me, I can’t control what people write about me. I can’t control what people say about me. All I can do is get up everyday, be the best person I can be and when I get the chance to do my job, do my job the best way I can. And that’s where we are today. “
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