Antonio Brown’s abrupt departure from the field during the Buccaneers’ victory against the New York Jets has provoked debate from fans and experts alike.
During the post-game press conference, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians said that Antonio Brown “is no longer a Buc.” There are a number of theories on Twitter as to why Antonio Brown left the Buccaneers vs Jets game yesterday – here’s what we know so far.
Why did Antonio Brown leave the Bucs vs Jets game?
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ star receiver, Antonio Brown, left his team’s game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium yesterday (Sunday, January 2, 2022), according to USA Today, “another strange turn.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were down 14 points in the third quarter when it occurred. The Patriots subsequently mounted a comeback. In the end, the Buccaneers prevailed, 27-24.
After the game, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer tweeted that he’d spoken to Arians. However, the reason – that Brown “refused,” prompting Arians to demand that he “get out” – has angered some NFL fans.
Why Do People Think He Left The Game In The Way He Did?
There’s a lot of discussion about it on social media and in news stories. It is, after all, a cultural phenomenon that has been with us for decades.
Pro Football Network went with Antonio Brown “loses his mind”; The Pewter Plank wrote, more sensitively, that he is “clearly not well”, adding that the “conversation” about the mental health of Antonio Brown is “bigger than football”. CBS Sports’ take was that there was “no clear reason why he left the stadium in such an unconditional way”.
Fox Sports Australia, meanwhile, called what happened a “meltdown” that was “just the latest in a long list of indiscretions”.
But while certain sports writers are couching Antonio Brown’s behaviour yesterday in terms like “meltdown” and “losing his mind”, and while much of the conversation on Twitter is about making jokes, Brown does have people going in to bat for him.
Twitter Speculations Regarding Antonio Brown’s Health And Wellbeing
Several people have linked Antonio Brown’s recent “change” to a detrimental impact on Vontaze Burfict that he incurred during a game more than six years ago.
Others have suggested that Brown has chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE — especially after what occurred in 2016.
CTE is a progressive brain condition that’s thought to be caused by “repeated blows to the head and repeated episodes of concussion” – but it should be clarified that there is currently no way to diagnose CTE without conducting an autopsy, so there is no way of knowing for sure whether or not Antonio Brown suffers from it.
“We all love him”, Tom Brady told reporters after the game. “We care about him deeply. […] I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening.”