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Report: Antonio Brown Had Halftime Incident On Sunday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 26: Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The complete story of what happened with Antonio Brown over the weekend has continued to unfold in recent days. After the wide receiver told his view of events on Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired back on Thursday.

The Buccaneers made the decision early on Thursday afternoon to release Brown. Accompanying the news, was a stern statement from the organization, along with a story of a different incident that allegedly took place during last Sunday's game that involved the 33-year-old wide receiver.

One other note to this saga, per Bucs’ sources: At halftime of Sunday’s game against the Jets, Antonio Brown was agitated about not getting the targets he was expecting during the game and had to be calmed down.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2022

">According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Buccaneers sources revealed that Brown was agitated about not getting the targets that he was expecting during the game against the New York Jets. He allegedly had to be calmed down at halftime before Tampa Bay took the field again for the third quarter. Later in that quarter, Brown tossed his jersey into the stands and went back into the locker room while the game continued.

On Wednesday night, Brown accused Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians of forcing him to play through a serious ankle injury. When he refused to go back into the game, saying that he was immense pain, the receiver was thrown off the sidelines, which he claimed led to his outburst.

The Buccaneers addressed that accusation in their official statement on Thursday, denying that Brown ever indicated to the team's training staff that he could not play.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have terminated the contract of Antonio Brown, effective immediately,” the Bucs announced on Thursday afternoon. “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.”

Arians, who's at the center of the allegations made by Brown, is reportedly planning to address reporters later on Thursday afternoon.