Antonio Brown's attorney Sean Burstyn hit back at those who claim Antonio Brown's mental health was the reason for his on-field outburst against the New York Jets. Brown took off his uniform during the third quarter of the game and ran off the field.
After the game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Brown was "no longer a Buc." "Antonio never faked an injury in his life. It is incredible that people are pushing false rumors that what happened Sunday was the result of mental health issues and not a well known ankle injury.
Why would they embark on a campaign of false concealment? To avoid responsibility for ignoring the risk of serious injury for the sake of winning a game," Burstyn said in a statement.
Brown claimed he was injured and couldn't play
Brown said he told coaches he was dealing with an ankle injury and couldn't enter the field but they didn't listen and told him to leave the field.
"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," Brown said.
"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."
The Buccaneers were 24-10 down when the incident happened. "I know we were losing to the Jets and that was frustrating for all of us. But I could not make football plays on that ankle," he said. "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'm not allowed to feel pain." Brown claimed the Bucs are attempting to dictate his medical care, even though he has already scheduled surgery. "You can see the bone bulging from the outside.
But that must and can be repaired," he said. "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 had already scheduled a surgery at HSS, the Bucs 'ordered' me under penalty of discipline and with a few hours' notice to show up to a more junior doctor at HSS for another opinion."