Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeSean McCoy offered an explanation on what might have led to the Antonio Brown outburst during the Buccaners and New York Jets game. In Week 17, Brown took off his uniform and ran off the field during the third quarter of the Buccaneers and Jets game.
Brown needed a certain number of catches, yards and touchdowns to get $333,333 for each. Last year, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was targeting Mike Evans in the final game until the wide receiver hit his incentives. “That was last year, so this year, AB’s like, ‘Oh I see that, so that’s what we’re doing? Now I’m up.
I can’t get my eight catches and you’re throwing the ball to all these other people?… I’m hot. I’m hurt. I’m not going in… y’all ain’t getting me the ball. I ain’t hitting my targets.
I’m hurt,’” McCoy said on the I Am Athlete podcast.
'Brown felt it was unfair'
“I do understand where AB was coming from because ‘y’all playing with me. I just gave you 10 catches for 101 yards last week, these dudes is hurt, now you need me… and I’m not getting the rock,’” McCoy said.
“Those other dudes, I played with them, I respect all those dudes playing. Mike Evans is a dog, Chris Godwin — they’re dogs. The other backups, they’re good backups, but they ain’t Antonio Brown”.
Also, McCoy said Brown is not a crazy person as some think. “AB, people think he’s crazy, he’s not crazy,” McCoy said. “AB’s smart. He may do some wild stuff, but he knows what’s going on”.
“I don’t respect how AB reacted to it because that’s not the right way… AB wasn’t professional about it. But I’ve been there where coach is trying to play with you and he still thinks he’s that superstar and he’s still nice, but not the superstar he used to be”.
After the Buccaneers and Jets game, Brady suggested Brown needed help. "Yeah, I mean that's obviously a difficult situation, and I think we all want him to -- I think everybody should hopefully do what they can to help him in ways that he really needs it," said Brady, per CBS Sports.
"We all love him, we care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best, and unfortunately it won't be with our team. We have a lot of friendships that will last and again I think the most important thing about football are the relationships with your friends and your teammates and they go beyond the field.
I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening."