“Thank you, A.B., but it’s Time to ‘C’ Your Way Out of Here!”

Antonio Brown’s exit leaves Tampa Bay fans with bad taste in mouth.

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Antonio Brown runs shirtless off the field during Bucs vs. Jets game Sunday.

Ethan Caswell, Staff Writer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a victorious, but different game on Sunday against the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium. The game was highly anticipated because it helped determine home field advantage during postseason, but no one expected to see the show that Antonio Brown, the Buccaneers nefarious wide-receiver, put on for the world Sunday. In the third quarter, Antonio Brown got into a disagreement with Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians over the condition of his injured ankle and his ability to continue to be able to play in Sunday’s game.  Typically when a player is injured, the team doctors inform the coach if a player is not healthy enough to continue play. From initial reports, Antonio Brown was told twice to get in and play by Coach Arians and refused.  Antonio Brown then proceeded to strip his helmet, jersey, pads, and undershirt off, wave to fans, and left the game shirtless. 

In my opinion, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed to cut ties with Antonio Brown. Tom Brady stuck his neck out to bring Antonio Brown to Tampa when no other team in the NFL wanted to give him another chance. This is after several sexual assault charges while on prior teams, his refusal to change helmets to meet NFL code while with the Raiders, his fake vaccine card he gave the Buccaneers, and now this childlike tantrum he had on the field. This incident distracted away from an important Buccaneers win over the Jets 28-24 during a time that his team really needed him to make up for the loss of Chris Godwin. Godwin is another Buccaneers wide-receiver who has an injured foot and hamstring and who will be out for the rest of the regular season and possibly postseason. This is on top of Mike Evans strained hamstring who is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks. 

While many may say that some bad behavior should be expected and tolerated by high-performing sports athletes, I do not believe that this should be one of those times. As a football fan, I have never seen this type of conduct from a professional sports athlete. Athletes should strive to be good teammates with high integrity and ethics that youth can look up to. When players like Antonio Brown are allowed this type of behavior, it makes it look like sports athletes are above-the-law and allowed to do anything they want, no matter the cost. Brown hurt the team when he chose to handle this like a child instead of the man that he should be, and for that, should be penalized and indefinitely suspended from the NFL.