The wide receiver ran across the end zone to exit the field during Sunday’s game, ripping off his jersey and shoulder pads in the process and throwing them into the crowd.
Though the Bucs were trailing behind on the scoreboard when Brown departed the field, they ultimately ended the game with a 28-24 win over the Jets.
Now in a post-match conference, the Buccaneers‘ head coach Bruce Arians has announced Brown’s removal from the team.
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“He’s no longer a Buc,” he confirmed. “That is the end of the story. Let’s talk about the guys who went out there and won the game.”
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Brown’s exit came after he was told to join the field mid-way through the game. Brown reportedly refused, claiming that he had not fully recovered from an ankle injury that had kept him from practice for several weeks. Arians then warned him that if he refused to play he would have to leave the field, which he proceeded to do, and was effectively cut from the team.
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Brown only recently finished serving a 3 game suspension after violating NFL–NFLPA COVID-19 protocols by using a fake vaccine certificate. He was also suspended during the first half of the 2020 season following allegations of assault and burglary.