Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has softened a bit since the Antonio Brown incident as he has praised the four-time First-team All Pro wide receiver. Brown was signed by the Buccaneers during the 2020 season and he helped the team win the Super Bowl LVI.
Brown returned to the Buccaneers for the 2021 season but he was after storming off the field in Wek 17. “Nobody works any harder than [Antonio Brown],” Arians said on the Pat McAfee Show. “He’s always in great shape, skill-set’s unbelievable.
He’s one of those guys that doesn’t age”. Brown said he told Arians he was injured and couldn't enter the game against the Jets, to what Arians told him to "get the f--- out of here." Brown then took off his pads and stormed off the field.
“I was sad the way it happened, but it happened,” Arians said.
The Bucs tried to send Brown to the 'crazy house.'
“These guys at the Tampa Bay Bucs tried to make an agreement with me to give me $200,000 to go to the crazy house so these guys could look like they know what they were talking about,” Brown said.
Brown insisted his mental health was fine and had nothing to do with his Week 17 metldown. "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.
"And then you started your career on a high. It's like a roller coaster. You go up, and then as soon as it 'bout to go down, everyone leave. ... If we all players and we all saying we care about mental health, why every time something happens bad or someone reacts, 'Aw, he's crazy, there's something wrong with his mental health,'" Brown asked.
"There's nothing wrong with my mental health. Someone told me, 'Get the f--- out of here.' I'm not passive-aggressive."