Antonio Brown’s abrupt exit from the field during Buccaneers’ win vs New York Jets has sparked questions from fans and pundits alike.

During the post-game press conference, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Antonio Brown was “no longer a Buc”.

Numerous ideas are floating around on Twitter regarding why Antonio Brown left the Bucs vs Jets game yesterday – here’s what we know so far.

Why did Antonio Brown leave the Bucs vs Jets game?

Wide receiver Antonio Brown walked away from his team’s game at MetLife Stadium yesterday (Sunday, January 2, 2022), in what USA Today called “another bizarre turn”.

When it happened, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were behind by 14 points in the third quarter. Afterwards, quarterback Tom Brady helped lead a comeback. In the end, the Bucs won, 27-24.

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Fox’s Jay Glazer tweeted that he’d spoken to Arians after the game. But the explanation – that Brown “refused”, prompting Arians to tell him to “get out” – has left some American football fans dissatisfied.

Why do people think he left the game in the way he did?

Speculation, among social media users and reporters alike, is rife. 

Pro Football Network went with Antonio Brown “loses his mind”; The Pewter Plank wrote, more sensitively, that he is “clearly not well”, adding that the “conversation” about the mental health of Antonio Brown is “bigger than football”. CBS Sports’ take was that there was “no clear reason why he left the stadium in such an unconditional way”.

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Fox Sports Australia, meanwhile, called what happened a “meltdown” that was “just the latest in a long list of indiscretions”.

But while certain sports writers are couching Antonio Brown’s behaviour yesterday in terms like “meltdown” and “losing his mind”, and while much of the conversation on Twitter is about making jokes, Brown does have people going in to bat for him.

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Twitter speculations regarding Antonio Brown’s health and wellbeing

Several users have connected Antonio Brown’s apparent “change” to an impact with Vontaze Burfict that he suffered during a game almost six years ago.

Others have floated the (not new) idea that Brown suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE – especially since what happened in 2016.

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CTE is a progressive brain condition that’s thought to be caused by “repeated blows to the head and repeated episodes of concussion” – but it should be clarified that there is currently no way to diagnose CTE without conducting an autopsy, so there is no way of knowing for sure whether or not Antonio Brown suffers from it.

“We all love him”, Tom Brady told reporters after the game. “We care about him deeply. […] I think everyone should be very compassionate and empathetic toward some very difficult things that are happening.”

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