Mike Evans revealed Antonio Brown was demanding the rock before his on-field meltdown. Brown made all the headlines when he took off his pads and stormed off the field during the Buccaneers' Week 17 game against the New York Jets.
Late in the third quarter, Brown stormed off the field shirtless and waving to the crowd. "What I remember is we were trying to get him to come back in the game," Evans told Yahoo Sports. "He was saying he wanted the rock, and I mean rightfully so, we should have got him the rock -- I mean he's an unbelievable player.
Like 'Yo, come in the game AB.' " After the game, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Evans was "no longer a Buc." "I see (Bruce Arians) is still trying to get him to come in the game, and they had a falling out somehow and AB goes off and he's about to take his pads off," Evans added.
Evans tried to calm down Brown
Evans tried to talk Brown out of leaving the game but it didn't work. "I don't want him to go out like this," Evans said. "Obviously we need him, so I'm telling him 'Big bro we need you.
The season is almost over. If you don't want to be here, then next year you can leave.' "I'm telling him, 'Please don't go out like this.' " The Buccaneers beat the Jets but lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round.
"I mean it was unfortunate," said Evans. "I didn't know that it was going to go down like that. I thought we had a chance to go to the playoffs and probably repeat, and he would have definitely helped us."
After the game, some suggested mental health issues were to blame for Brown's meltdown. Brown refused those claim, stating that his mental health is perfectly fine. "Everyone in the world got a different form of reactions of what happened to me.
And it's all based upon where you from, how you feel, and no one really gonna know that regardless of who you is," Brown said on the I Am Athlete podcast. "The thing with football players, mental health and CTE is this: These guys are willing to do whatever it take to make some obligated gain.
But in the midst of those gains, along that journey, they're being mistreated, there's a lot of stuff that went on that may not have been handled right."