Arians reportedly told Brown when he signed with the team, “There will be no second chances.”
TAMPA, Fla. – The coach of the Buccaneers, Bruce arians, said Monday that he has yet to decide on the future of wide receiver Antonio Brown, whose three-game suspension will end after this week.
An investigation of the NFL determined that Antonio Brown, safety Mike Edwards and wide receiver John Franklin III, who is no longer with the team, gave false vaccination cards, which is not only against NFL rules, but is also a federal crime.
“I haven’t made that determination yet, but we’ll see how it goes,” Arians reported of Brown, who, under NFL rules, would be eligible to return to practice next week to play in the Bucs’ Week 16 game. against Carolina Panthers.
When the league announced the suspension of Brown, Arians stressed that he would not comment on his future with the team and that the Bucs would treat him and Edwards as if they were injured players. Both players have exercised outside of the team’s facilities, although Brown recently posted a video of himself standing inside the Raymond James Stadium for a photoshoot, which means that for all intents and purposes, he intends to stay with the Buccaneers. But that decision has not been made.
Arians reportedly told Brown when he signed with the team, “there will be no second chances,” after Brown had already been suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after allegedly assaulted a delivery truck driver. Brown was also the subject of a civil lawsuit by his former coach Britney Taylor, alleging sexual assault. The two reached an out-of-court settlement in April 2021.
Various sources have said that Brown has been a “model citizen” during his time with the team and has benefited from being with Tom Brady. The quarterback has gone out of his way to support Brown, but declined to comment specifically on his suspension.
Arians previously expressed disappointment at the players’ decisions.
“We will speak as an organization. It is approaching (the time to speak). When we know, we will let everyone know,” Arians stressed.