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Eric Dickerson claims Antonio Brown’s latest antics, which led to his release from the Buccaneers, will haunt him for the rest of his life. We agree. Storming off the field and going live for Instagram doesn’t exactly go away overnight.
“What Antonio Brown did was a bad decision that will follow him the rest of his life,” Dickerson said to USA Today Sports. “When he’s my age, when he’s 61 years old, that will still follow him.”
Eric Dickerson says Antonio Brown's abrupt split with the Buccaneers is "a bad decision that will follow him the rest of his life."https://t.co/o87HtDqXkh
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If we’re all being honest for a second, none of us thought Antonio Brown could handle or deserved a look in Tampa Bay in the first place. Most of us with common sense understood that while people are most often deserving of a second chance, you have to at least show some signs of hope. Brown didn’t do that and really never has. Tom Brady vouched that he could control the All-Pro receiver into complying with a strict Bruce Arians environment. For a while, he did, but eventually Brown made a scene, and now he’s likely done in the NFL for good.
“Man, he’s such a good player,” Dickerson continued. “He works hard. There’s no doubt about his work ethic. But man, that other stuff, it’s like wow.”
Brown was waived shortly after ripping his jersey and undershirt off while storming to the locker room. Not too long after his Instagram shenanigans, Brown released screenshots that were intended to shift blame for the incident onto Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians. He claimed Arians knew that he was injured but still attempted to force him back into action against the New York Jets anyway. While his argument sounded realistic, his story really didn’t matter. Even if those events went down the way he suggested, there was no reason to wave to fans on his way to the locker room. He should have just stood on the sidelines, refused to go into the game, and then shared what happened after the game was over.
Not too difficult, is it?
“I saw the Antonio Brown situation and I just felt like this: There were times when I hated the Rams,” Dickerson said. “I didn’t hate the team, I hated the organization, the way they were doing things. But I would never, ever leave the football field. I was always going to play hard. Look, you can have an issue with management, but you’ve got your teammates out there.”
That’s the other aspect of this situation that hasn’t gotten enough consideration — the other Buccaneers. Per usual, Brown was more focused on himself and his battle with Bruce Arians than he was on how his teammates would react to him dipping to the locker room. Brown’s days in the NFL are likely over barring a dramatic development, but we still hope he gets the help he needs to live a long and healthy life. We’re just afraid it may be too late.