You’d think Antonio Brown would be fairly busy right now. It’s been only a day since the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver had a meltdown on the sideline while his team battled the New York Jets and proceeded to take off his jersey and shoulder pads and simply walk off of the field. Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians quickly informed reporters that Brown would no longer be a part of the team, but Brown has apparently taken that news in stride.
He’s not at home, trying to sort through the aftermath of what happened or even looking for a new job. No, he’s actually still in the New York metro area. On Monday, the Brooklyn Nets battled the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center, and the broadcast noticed a pretty notable face sitting courtside: Brown.
Here’s where things get especially interesting. In August, the Nets announced that “individuals age 12 and up will be required to show proof of at least one vaccine dose” to enter Barclays Center starting on Sep. 13. Brown was one of three players recently suspended for “misrepresenting their vaccination status under the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols,” as he reportedly used a fake vaccine card. There has not been any further reporting indicating that Brown has been vaccinated since then.
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The Buccaneers have not officially released Brown after his outburst, but Arians made it clear that he would not be returning to the team. With that being the case, it’s not as though Brown needed to return to Tampa Bay after Sunday’s game. He was in the New York area, so he seemingly decided to take advantage of the situation and have a bit of fun, though if he was rooting for the home team, he left disappointed. Brown’s presence court-side couldn’t spur the Nets to a victory over the underdog Grizzlies.