NFL player Antonio Brown stripped off his pads and uniform, throwing some gear to fans in the stands, before walking off the field mid-game Sunday, Jan. 2, videos show.
Brown, who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, exited the game in the third quarter against the New York Jets as his team trailed by double digits, CBS Sports reported.
It’s not clear what prompted the outburst, but Go Bucs Radio reported he had just been benched by head coach Bruce Arians.
Fox Sports reported that Brown is “no longer a Buc” on Twitter, according to Arians.
Videos show a bare-chested Brown hurling his shirt and gloves into the crowd.
“I don’t know. Haven’t we all thought about resigning like this,” read one Twitter post.
“Need that Antonio Brown breakdown broken down,” read another Twitter post.
“Bro come back! I need you for fantasy!” one fan lamented on Twitter.
SporTrac said on Twitter that Brown had nearly $1 million in incentives on the line for making more catches, yards and touchdowns, perhaps provoking his anger at reportedly being pulled from the game.
Tampa Bay ultimately won the game, 28-24.
Brown, 33, has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and, for one game, the New England Patriots. He signed with the Buccaneers in 2020.
In April, Brown settled a civil suit with a former trainer who in 2019 had accused him of sexual assault, ESPN reported. No terms were disclosed.
This story was originally published January 2, 2022 4:39 PM.