Antonio Brown won’t be receiving a Super Bowl ring following the 2021 season. And neither will anyone on the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay lost to the Rams 30-27 in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs on Sunday. Brown, who was cut by the team after taking off his jersey shirt and leaving the Bucs’ Jan. 2 contest at the Jets, didn’t seem too upset by that.
Brown tweeted out a meme postgame of himself, shirtless, holding a sign that reads “Bucs eliminated,” coupled with “I cant” and a laughing emoji above the image.
Brown ran off the field and into the locker room at MetLife Stadium in the third quarter of Tampa Bay’s Week 17 win against the Jets after removing his jersey, pads and undershirt. He didn’t return to the field. After the game, coach Bruce Arians said Brown was “no longer a Buc,” a move the team made official a few days later.
Brown claimed that he left because he felt he couldn’t play through an ankle injury. He has since maintained that the injury requires offseason surgery. Arians and the Buccaneers said that Brown was cleared by the medical staff to play in the game.
Brown has been vocal on social media and in interviews about his exit from the Buccaneers, recently telling Complex that he could have handled his emotions better but that he also knew in the moment he couldn’t be a part of the team anymore.
He has spent much of his time away from football recording music and hanging out with Kanye West and Floyd Mayweather in Los Angeles.
Brown won a ring with the Buccaneers for Super Bowl 55. He had 22 receiving yards on five receptions, including a touchdown, in the game. During his two seasons in Tampa, he caught 87 passes for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns.
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