Antonio Brown's penchant for antics reappeared on Sunday, costing him his job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Less than two weeks after his three-game ban ended for using a fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination card, the Buccaneers wide receiver removed his uniform, pads and more on Sunday before leaving the pitch topless than his in the middle of the third quarter Team followed the New York Jets.
Coach Bruce Arians said Brown won't be part of the team.
"He's not a Buc anymore," he told reporters after the game. "That's the end of the story."
Urged for more information about the incident, Arians said he would not speak about Brown, reiterating that he was no longer a member of the Buccaneers.
Brown spoke to his fellow recipient Mike Evans before taking off his jersey. Buccaneers staff and others on the sidelines appeared confused when Brown undressed. Brown then tossed his undershirt into the crowd at MetLife Stadium and did jumping jacks before signaling fans in the end zone on his way to the tunnel.
The Buccaneers did not provide an immediate update on Brown's availability for the remainder of the game.
Brown has settled a sexual harassment allegation and has a long history of clashes with his previous teams. When signing the troubled wideout last season, Arians stated that Brown would be on a short leash.
Following Brown's suspension, Arians and the Buccaneers welcomed the four-time All-Pro back to aid an injured receiving corps.
"We talked to Antonio about old experiences," Arians told NBC Sports last week. "When he got back to us he was a model citizen. There was a new story. I loved the way he tried to adapt, work his way into it, and give us everything he needed to go to the Super Bowl The Attitude to him has changed. I've seen him try to be a better person. "
Arians told Fox Sports that Brown wasn't on the bench and that the recipient didn't come into play when asked to.
"I've never seen anything like it in all my years," said the 69-year-old Arian.
Quarterback Tom Brady, who has campaigned for Brown in the past, targeted the receiver five times on Sunday. Brown had three catches for 26 yards a week after making 10 passes for 101 yards.
“That is of course a difficult situation. I think we all want him - I think everyone should find it - hopefully doing what he can to help him that he really needs it, "said Brady after the game. “We all love him and we care deeply for him. We want him to be at his best. Unfortunately, it won't be on our team. We have a lot of friendships that will last ... I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic. "To some very difficult things that happen."
Le'Veon Bell, Brown's early career teammate at the Pittsburgh Steelers, said he texted Brown after the game.
"Obviously, some bad decisions sometimes," the running back told reporters.
Without Brown, Brady led the Buccaneers on a last-minute drive with no downtime to take the lead and claim a one-of-a-kind comeback win at 28:24.