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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s epic meltdown continues with the disgruntled player hitting the media circuit to air his grievances in one of the ugliest NFL divorces in years, and now he’s taking cheap shots at Tom Brady.
The mercurial Brown wore out his welcome with his fourth NFL employer when, during last Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, he shucked his uniform in the third quarter following a spat with head coach Bruce Arians and bolted from the field shirtless, flashing peace-out signs to the crowd at MetLife Stadium, quitting on his teammates and possibly burning the final bridge in what has been a tumultuous career.
What the hell is Antonio Brown doing?! pic.twitter.com/gdgSfrk0W4
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 2, 2022
Brown appeared on the latest edition of the “Full Send Podcast” where he discussed his acrimonious split with a team that was badly burned after giving him a chance and threw shade at the legendary quarterback who befriended AB when he was still with the New England Patriots and was instrumental in luring him to Tampa.
When the conversation turned to the G.O.A.T, Brown incredibly suggested that the friendship wasn’t rooted in sincere reasons and that Brady needed him to win, a statement that ignores the accomplishments of the future Hall Of Famer during his historic 20-year run with the Patriots where he led the team to a record six Super Bowl titles.
“To me, a friend is someone who’s got your back,” Brown said, “not everybody in sports is going to be your friend. Tom Brady’s my friend why? Because I’m a good football player. He needs me to play football.”
“People have different meanings of what friendship is,” he added.
AB’s dissing of Brady was tweeted out by ESPN’s Kimberly Martin, who highlighted the quitter’s bitter comments.
AB isn’t done sharing his side of the story…
“Tom Brady’s my friend. Why? Because I’m a good football player…” pic.twitter.com/25OtKAmRR0
— KimberlEY A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) January 7, 2022
Despite Brady’s initial remarks that were supportive of his friend after the bare-chested receiver stormed off the field, Brown has spent the entire week trashing Arians and the Bucs with his own account of what led to the ugly temper tantrum that could bring an end to his career.
Twitter users reacted to Brown’s trashing of Brady.
Antonio Brown's going to a new level of self-sabotage by starting to call out Tom Brady, who's the only reason he had a job with the #Bucs in the first place and, arguably, the reason he got a chance from the #Patriots as well. Brown's not getting good council, or ignoring it. https://t.co/IGc7HZIfDi
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) January 7, 2022
Not buying into AB’s BS. He’s the common denominator in every problem. Pittsburgh, Oakland and now Tampa Bay. After this spotlight is removed and this becomes of news, watch him spiral rapidly. Not being relevant will be his undoing. Witness
— Peter J. Hampton (@PJHampton5) January 7, 2022
Tom Brady was the only reason Antonio Brown kept getting chances and every time AB blew it. Now he’s shitting on TB12 in interviews. So classless.
— Aims 💋 (@awakenotwoke17) January 7, 2022
I mean Tom let him stay at his house when AB signed last year, vouched for him to get another shot in the NFL. Has said nothing but good things about AB when he got released. To me that is a good friend and teammate.
— Cameron Bortolazzo (@thecambort) January 7, 2022
Brady’s won football games before AB and he will win football games after AB. He doesn’t “need” AB. He helped him more than anyone in the sport lol. Let him stay at his home…
Wish the best for AB, but it’s sad to see him burn every bridge he has left.
— Pats Buzz (@PatsBuzz) January 7, 2022
Now in hindsight, I’m glad Seattle didn’t sign him. Definitely would have taken Russell Wilson down.
— SeattleSeacrow (@SeattleSeacrow) January 7, 2022
Ya let’s all blame Tom Brady for bringing a guy who was snowballing himself out of the league Tom recruits him to spot where he wins a super bowl and makes a few $m more. Ya it’s toms fault for not throwing to him more in the 1st half of a game vs the jets. 15 targets the week bf
— Dan Cardarelli (@DCards18) January 8, 2022
I’m officially checked out in this whole thing. Feels like rubbernecking at a fatal car crash.
— Mario Mendoza (@Los8patron) January 7, 2022
Brown also whined about money during the podcast, throwing shade at superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski who won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots then followed Brady to Florida to add another one to his trophy case.
More from Antonio Brown: “If Tom Brady is my boy why am I playing for an earnest salary? Gronkowski is his boy, right? How much did he get paid? So why is AB on a prove-it deal? Who's better than me over there?pic.twitter.com/z5TmwbtNAA
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 7, 2022
Brown’s conduct over the last week only serves to reinforce the perception that he is a selfish guy and a problem child and eventually, the attention will fade while his rude treatment of Brady despite all that he did to save his career will be a lasting mark on his sad legacy.
It’s hard to see any other team being willing to risk tampering with team chemistry by bringing a chronic malcontent into their locker room so his MetLife Stadium end zone dance may have been his NFL finale.
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