January 23, 2022

Arians undecided on AB’s Bucs future after ban

TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians stated Monday that he has not but determined about the way forward for broad receiver Antonio Brown, whose three-game suspension is about to finish after this week.

An NFL investigation decided that Brown, security Mike Edwards and broad receiver John Franklin III, who’s now not with the crew, produced fake vaccination cards, which isn’t solely towards NFL guidelines but in addition a federal crime.

“I have never made that dedication but, however we’ll see the way it goes,” Arians stated of Brown, who, underneath NFL guidelines, can be eligible to return to follow subsequent week to play within the Bucs’ Week 16 recreation on the Carolina Panthers.

When Brown’s suspension was introduced by the league, Arians stated he wouldn’t touch upon his future with the crew and the Bucs would deal with him and Edwards as in the event that they have been injured gamers. Each gamers have been understanding away from crew amenities, though Brown lately posted undated video of himself standing inside Raymond James Stadium for a photoshoot, that means, for all intents and functions, he intends to stay with the Buccaneers. However that call hasn’t been made.

Arians had instructed Brown when he first signed with the crew, “there shall be no second possibilities,” and that was after Brown had already been suspended by the NFL for eight video games for violating the league’s private conduct coverage after he allegedly assaulted a supply truck driver. Brown was additionally topic of a civil lawsuit by his former coach Britney Taylor, alleging sexual assault. The 2 settled out of courtroom in April of 2021.

A number of sources within the constructing have stated that Brown has been a “mannequin citizen” throughout his time with the crew and has benefited from being with Tom Brady. The quarterback has gone out of his method to help Brown however wouldn’t remark particularly on his suspension.

Arians beforehand expressed his disappointment over the gamers’ choices.

“We’ll speak as a company,” Arians stated. “It is arising quickly. After we know, we’ll let everyone know.”