Bell and Brown have been teammates on the Buccaneers for a few weeks this season but spent five years together on the Acereros de Pittsburgh. He said he will have Brown’s back regardless of the wide receiver’s decision-making process and how it affects the team as a whole.
“I found out when we got into the locker room after the game, I instantly sent him a text real quick, he texted me back,” Bell dijo, vía Pro Football Talk. “He’s still one of my closest friends. You won’t hear me talking bad about AB at all. Things happen, but he’s one of my closest friends that I’ve been around, close teammates. Overall good person. Obviously some bad decision-making sometimes, but he’s human, he’s not perfect, and we’ll continue to move on without him and keep moving forward.”
Bell added he and Brown were still close friends and it’s disappointing he won’t be on the team for the playoff run.
In the middle of the third quarter against the Jets, Brown appeared to be getting into a sideline disagreement with Mike Evans. Brown was then seen taking off his gear and throwing some of his belongings into the stands.
He then cut across the end zone and gave fans the peace sign before he ran back to the tunnel and eventually out of MetLife Stadium. He would later write on Instagram, “Thanks for the opportunity.”
He finished the game with three catches for 26 yardas.
While Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Brown was “no longer a Buc,” Tom Brady called for empathy and compassion toward the wide receiver.
“That’s obviously a difficult situation. I think we all want him to … I think everybody should find, Ojalá, do what they can to help him in ways he really needs it. We all love him, we all care about him deeply. We want to see him be at his best and unfortunately it won’t be with our team,” Brady dijo.
“We have a lot of friendships that will last. Otra vez, I think that the most important thing about football are the relationships with your friends and your teammates, and they go beyond the field. I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things.”