“I think there’s a lot of personal feelings, obviously. I don’t think this is really the week to discuss it though,” Brady said. “I’m just going to do the best I can do as the quarterback of the team, try to put together a great week and finish strong. You just always deal with different things over the course of the season and that’s what we’re doing this week.”
The Buccaneers released a statement Thursday confirming Brown’s release.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have terminated the contract of Antonio Brown, effective immediately,” the team said in a statement. “While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday’s game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play.
“We have attempted, multiple times throughout this week, to schedule an evaluation by an outside orthopedic specialist, yet Antonio has not complied. Maintaining the health and wellness of our players is of the utmost importance to our organization.”
During the Buccaneers’ game against the New York Jets, Brown took off his uniform and shoulder pads and threw his gloves and undershirt into the stands before running off the field and into the tunnel. Brady showed empathy and compassion for Brown despite Brown’s bizarre departure.
“I think everyone should do what they can to help him in ways that he really needs it,” Brady said after the game Sunday. “We all love him. We care about him deeply.”