Antonio Brown's Bizarre Departure Has the Internet Ripping Him to Shreds

Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown quit his team and left the field in the middle of the game during Week 17 in bizarre fashion. He may have also just walked away from the NFL for good. It didn't take long for internet users to rip the former all-Pro and Super Bowl champion for his Sunday afternoon tantrum.

The Tampa Bay wide receiver got so frustrated Sunday against the New York Jets that he removed his shoulder pads, tossed his jersey toward the stands, removed his undershirt and walked off the field at MetLife Stadium.

Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on against the New York Jets during the game at MetLife Stadium on January 02, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said after the game that Brown "is no longer a Buc." Brown reportedly refused to enter into the game when Arians gave the order, which led to Brown's sideline behavior.

Here are some things said, and memes created, after Brown's antics on Sunday. The replies are in response to Brown tweeting a photo of himself after the game in which he writes "Super Gremlin."

"No excuse to walk off the field during a game. Its not professional," one Twitter follower wrote.

"He quit on his team during a game. No excuse for that!." another wrote.

"Antonio Brown quit on the Steelers his last week in Pittsburgh.
Antonio Brown quit on the Raiders.
Antonio Brown quit on the Buccaneers.
Sense a trend?"

Then there were those sympathetic for Brown, who suffered a concussion when he played with the Pittsburgh Steelers several years ago.

Brown played a key role for the team last week in a win over Carolina with starting wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin missing from the lineup. Then on Sunday against the Jets, his production wasn't there.

Evans looked like he was trying to calm down Brown and prevent the tantrum, which didn't seem to work.

The Buccaneers came from behind to beat the lowly Jets, 28-24. Tampa Bay, which is the defending Super Bowl champion, has already clinched the NFC South division and will host a first-round playoff game in two weeks.

Brown played his first nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted the wide receiver from Central Michigan in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. Brown went on to have a stellar career with the Steelers, where he won a Super Bowl title and was a first-team all-pro from 2014-17. He made the Pro Bowl seven times and was named to the all-decade team for the 2010's.

In late 2018, prior to the final regular-season game, Brown got into an argument with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and Brown was benched for the Week 17 game. In the spring of 2019, the Steelers traded Brown to the Raiders.

In August 2019, Brown missed several preseason practices because of frostbite on his toes, which happened for allegedly not wearing the right kind of footwear during cryotherapy sessions. He also had a grievance with the league's new helmet policy, wishing to wear his old helmet which had since been banned. He had been fined for unexcused absences from practice, and Brown left the team before their first game.

Brown immediately signed with the New England Patriots, but was soon embroiled in a sexual assault allegation with his former trainer.

Britney Taylor is a former gymnast who Brown met at Central Michigan University. She became his trainer, and there are three separate incidents of him sexually assaulting her.

The lawsuit alleges Brown sexually assaulted Taylor twice in June 2017 and again in May 2018. Darren Heitner, Brown's attorney, denies Brown ever sexually assaulted Taylor, and says he will do what it takes to clear the receiver's name.

"Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit," Heitner said. "He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations."

Brown was let go by the Patriots. A year later, Brown signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers. He scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl, which the Buccaneers won over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now, he may have seen his last time on the field as an NFL player with his abrupt departure on Sunday against the New York Jets.