Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown got into some trouble during his team’s joint practice with the Tennessee Titans. But will head coach Bruce Arians punish Brown after getting involved in a fight today?
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Arians said that he doesn’t plan to punish Brown, or any player who got into fights with the Titans. The Bucs head coach largely dismissed what happened today as “extremely good competition.”
“Really pleased with the work we’ve gotten the last two days — extremely good competition,” Arians said, via ProFootballTalk. “Obviously, it always happens when the flyers and the gunners get together, something starts. But it was spirited, it was great practice and I really appreciate the Titans for coming down here and helping us get better, and hopefully we made them better.”
Brown and Titans cornerback Chris Jackson started going at it after a one-on-on play. At one point, Brown ripped Jackson’s helmet off before throwing a punch at him.
Brown was ejected from practice but allowed back a short while later.
Bruce Arians says “I didn’t see any fighting… just a lot of pushing and shoving around” at Camp vs Titans
Says Antonio Brown was just
“swatting flies” 💀 😂
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Given Antonio Brown’s off-the-field history, the Pro Bowl wide receiver should be walking on eggshells as a member of the Buccaneers. But if nobody else at these joint practices is getting punished for fighting, it wouldn’t be fair for him to be.
Antonio Brown only wanted to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year. It looks like head coach Bruce Arians is inclined to give him a little more wiggle room.
Will the NFL punish Brown, or anyone else who has been fighting in practices?