Earlier this week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was accused of breaking a camera and throwing a bicycle at a security shack. The incident is said to have occurred inside of his luxury home community in Hollywood, Florida, roughly two weeks before he signed his new deal.
In a conversation with the media, team head coach Bruce Arians was asked point blank if he had any lingering concerns about a player he was initially very apprehensive to sign.
“Really none,” Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“He’s been a model citizen. If and when he’s not, we’ll move on. He knows that, our team knows that. I don’t really think we’re going to have any problems. We haven’t had any so far and I wouldn’t really anticipate any.”
Bruce Arians tells us that despite the latest incident with Antonio Brown, the wide receiver is in good standing with the team…
“He’s been a model citizen, if and when he’s not, we’ll move on” #GoBucs
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— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) November 19, 2020
Actions have consequences. https://t.co/MMPsr3lA67
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 13, 2020
In a statement released by the Buccaneers this week regarding Brown’s entanglement, the team also indicated that it was unfazed by this latest bit of drama.
“We are aware of the reported incident involving Antonio Brown prior to his signing,” the statement read.
“When Antonio joined us, we were clear about what we expected and required of him. Thus far, he has met all the expectations we have in place.”
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 19, 2020
At the time all this went down, back on Oct. 15, Brown was still serving an eight-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy in 2019.
You will recall, he was accused of battery against a truck driver and sending threatening text messages to a woman who accused him of sexual assault. The latter situation proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back with the New England Patriots, who subsequently cut him.
Brown has now played in two games for Tampa Bay since getting signed.
Steelers fans are understandably pissed. https://t.co/3q2web1sBL
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 18, 2020
In his first outing, a match-up against the New Orleans Saints, Brown recorded three catches for 31 yards and no touchdowns.
Although those numbers admittedly look low, it was less the result of something the 32-year-old did wrong and more the byproduct of quarterback Tom Brady’s general ineptness in that outing.
In his second game with the Buccaneers, a showdown against the Carolina Panthers, Brown recorded seven catches for 69 yards and no scores.
Brown’s record in Tampa Bay now sits at 1-1.