Antonio Brown’s lawyer accuses the Buccaneers of “‘surprise attack’ medical treatment” which led to the recipient’s release.
The Bucs terminated Brown’s contract last week after he failed to show up for a doctor’s appointment. Sean Burstyn, Brown’s lawyer, claimed in a Twitter wire that Tampa Bay manipulated the date of the meeting so that they could use it as justification for his release.
“We were in the process of making an appointment with the Bucs’ chosen surgeon when we learned, via Twitter, that they had terminated AB on Thursday for not seeing that same surgeon,” Burstyn tweeted. “… The Bucs have chosen an arbitrary meeting time outside of regular business hours early Thursday morning. They also fumbled with a Wednesday afternoon bait at the last minute. (Bucs’ new interest in AB’s health came as a surprise. Wasn’t AB a Buc on Sunday night?) “
Brown claimed he was unable to return to the game last Sunday against the Jets due to an ankle injury and was unofficially kicked from the team by Bruce Arians after telling staff coaching staff, which led to his shirtless exit from MetLife Stadium.
Arians said Brown’s frustration was due to the lack of targets and he was unaware of the severity of the injury during the game. Brown said this week that an MRI scan on Monday showed broken bone fragments, a torn ligament from the bone and loss of cartilage, meaning he will need surgery.
“The Bucs did this because they knew that coach Arians’ dismissal of AB on the field was degrading, inhumane, abusive and illegal,” Burstyn wrote on Twitter. “So they tried to cover it up using their latest trick: the ‘surprise attack’ of the medical care they got.” [never] reasonably expected for AB to receive. It was a pure game for a dismissal under pretext.
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told ESPN this week that the team have made two dates for Brown in New York, so they can place him on the injured reserve and pay him the rest of his. salary. Licht said Brown did not return text messages or phone calls or send medical records.
The ABC says a team-appointed doctor must perform a physical exam before a player can transition to IR.