FORMER NFL star Antonio Brown recently challenged Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an interview.
The controversial four-time First-Team All-Pro wide receiver, 34, has attributed his infamous collapse during the game against the New York Jets in early 2022 to an injury he said his team was fully aware of.
Brown dominated the headlines after he tossed his Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey in the stands and left the field in January last year.
This was his last game not only for the Bucs but also in the NFL.
Speaking of Game worth a million dollars On the podcast, Brown blamed his decision on a “ruptured ligament in my deltoid,” which he said the team and coach Bruce Arians knew about.
After Brown’s release by the Bucs, Arians told the media, per CBS, “At no point during that game did he (Brown) ever ask the coach or doctor about his ankle.”
Arians also claimed Brown was “very upset at half-time about who was being targeted but that calmed down – the players dealt with it.
“It started again on the touchline. We called the staff group he had played throughout the game but he refused to go into the game.
“Then I looked back and basically saw him waving away from the coach. Then I went back and asked him what was going on.
“[He said]”I do not play.” [I said]”What’s up?” [He said], “I can’t get the ball.” So I said, “You’re done. Get the F out of here.”
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But this is not where tensions between the two sides allegedly started.
Brown claimed that then-Bucs quarterback Brady “cursed” his agent in the offseason after winning Super Bowl LV as the wideout awaited an improved contract offer.
He said: “So now if we get the ring in 2021 next year I’ll be the last guy to sign.
“My agent, Ed Wasielewski, gets a call and is cursed by Tom Brady for saying ‘why is he pushing back [against] the scrap contract?’
Brown addressed his frustration with Brady for going straight to Wasielewski to ask, “Why don’t you take this deal?”
And while he said he “gave everyone their props from a team perspective,” before admitting that “we all have our own agendas.”
This isn’t the first time Brown has challenged his former quarterback.
According to CBS, during the last offseason when Brady wasn’t at training camp, Brown tweeted: “Tom Brady gets 14 days to fix the game [to] go home and get his opinion [right] lol
“Now you see the difference. Put that thing on.”
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Later in the year, as rumors surrounding Brady’s and then-wife Gisele Bundchen’s marital troubles surfaced, Brown shared a photoshopped image of himself and Bundchen.
This post, which showed the two hugging, came just days before it was reported that Brady and Bundchen had hired divorce lawyers.
They eventually split in late October.
Fast forward to November, and Brown refueled his beef with Brady.
This time, Brown shared a text he allegedly received from Brady on May 10, 2021, per TMZ.
If correct, this would have aired just fifteen days before announcing his new and final year deal with the Buccaneers.
The caption read: “You are demonstrating very poor decisions and poor communication to so many people who have done everything they can to help you.
“They behave selfishly and unfortunately many of these people are exhausted by the erratic and unpredictable emotional behavior.”
Brady reportedly went on to say, “Unfortunately, you have reverted to a young, immature man who is selfish, self-interested, irrational and irresponsible.”
The alleged message also read, “You’ve gone from good people who took a genuine interest in seeing your success, to others whose lives are unpredictable and out of control, and set you down a negative path.”