Antonio Brown's attorney, Sean Burstyn, accused the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of pulling off a "dirty trick" and launching a "surprise attack." The Buccaneers tried to make Brown two appointments with the doctor but the wide receiver didn't show up at any.
Burstyn said they tried to reschedule the appointment but the Buccaneers weren't interested and afterward claimed Brown didn't want to show up to the appointment. "The Bucs did this because they know that Coach Arians' on-the-field termination of AB was degrading, inhumane, abusive, and unlawful.
So they tried covering it up using their latest dirty trick: 'Surprise attack' medical care that they [never] reasonably planned for AB to receive," Burstyn tweeted. "This was pure gamesmanship to create a pretextual termination.
All Antonio did was ask to be seen at a reasonable hour by a doctor with current medical records. When AB spoke up about his health this week, he was fired. On the field, then on Twitter."
Brown's attorney made more comments against the Buccaneers
"The Bucs have used AB's past to get out of the jam they put themselves in last Sunday," Burstyn tweeted.
"It's the kind of manipulation that made Antonio write 'I do not understand how people publicly claiming to be concerned about my mental health can do these things to me in private.' " The Buccaneers reportedly made two appointments in New York so they could place Brown on injured reserve and pay him the remainder of his salary for the season.
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Brown never returned their texts or phone calls, nor did he send over his medical records. Brown's attorney Burstyn claimed they never received a request for medical records.
"Show me a request for medical records. We never got one," Burstyn told ESPN. "They called and asked us to call back Wednesday night. Did not tell us what the call was about. Said to call back at our 'earliest convenience.'
We had an internal team discussion Thursday morning to go over options before calling back. By noon, they went ahead and took the most drastic action: fired." Brown took off his uniform and ran off the field during the Buccaneers and New York Jets game.
Brown claimed he was dealing with an ankle injury and when he told coach he couldn't play, he was told 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."