Antonio Brown claims that he was “reduce” by the Buccaneers as a result of he refused to play with an ankle harm, however certainly one of Brown’s former teammates believes that cash performed a task in his choice to tear off his gear and go away in the midst of the the Bucs’ Week 17 recreation in opposition to the Jets.
Throughout an look on the “I Am Athlete” podcast, former Tampa Bay working again LeSean McCoy provided perception on Brown’s unceremonious exit and supplied an evidence for why the veteran large receiver acquired so upset on the sideline. McCoy, who performed for the Buccaneers through the 2020 season, could not verify if Brown was actually too injured to proceed taking part in, however he instructed the podcast panel Brown was “indignant” as a result of he wasn’t being focused and had incentives on the road.
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Brown was reportedly near incomes three bonuses (receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns) that may have paid out $333,333 every. McCoy mentioned that Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich brazenly mentioned participant incentives in 2020, main Brown to imagine that they might assist him hit his 2021 season targets. (A current instance: In Week 18, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady ensured that tight finish Rob Gronkowski would attain the required receptions complete with the intention to earn a $500,000 incentive.)
McCoy’s full breakdown from the “I Am Athlete Podcast” podcast:
“[We’re in] like, Week 13 or 14, [Leftwich is] like, ‘Hey, anyone acquired any incentives in your contract? When you do, let me know. I will get you your paper as a result of I am all about that.’ … One of many video games, Mike Evans was taking part in. We performed Detroit. The yr is over for actual. We’re good, playoff berth and all that. Mike’s on the market attempting to get 1,000 yards. I say, ‘Yo, I like one of these coach. I respect it.’ [Arians is] cool with it.
“So, let’s quick ahead. That is final yr. So, this yr, [Brown] is like, ‘Oh, I see that. Oh, that is what we’re doing? So, now, I am up. You understand what I imply? I can not get my eight catches? Oh, you are throwing the ball to those different individuals? You understand what I am saying?’ I will not get into all the main points as a result of these are my boys. I am not going to place all of their enterprise on the market. However he is like, ‘Yo, you are throwing the ball to those different dudes? OK, I am sizzling. Man, I am damage. I ain’t entering into.'”
McCoy finally disagreed with how Brown dealt with the scenario, however he understood what led to his frustration.
“I do not respect how [Brown] reacted to it as a result of that is not the best approach,” McCoy mentioned. “You have to conduct your self as an expert. … [Brown] wasn’t skilled about it. However I have been there the place coach is attempting to play with you, and he nonetheless thinks he is that famous person. And he is nonetheless good. He is not the famous person he was due to the roles.”
In 15 video games with the Buccaneers, Brown totaled 87 receptions for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns. In an announcement launched by means of his lawyer, Brown mentioned he plans to endure surgical procedure on his ankle and play once more subsequent season.