Antonio Brown Ejected From Joint Practice After Brawl With Titans Player
By Jason Hall
August 19, 2021
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was ejected from Thursday's (August 19) joint practice with the Tennessee Titans after an incident with an opposing player.
Photojournalist George Walker IV of the Tennessean shared photos of the incident in which Brown appears to punch Titans cornerback Chris Jackson in the face.
Bystanders from both teams appear to have pulled both players apart in the photos.
CBS Sports reports Brown complained that he was being held by Jackson during the drill and ripped Jackson's helmet off before throwing several punches at the cornerback.
Additionally, a much smaller altercation occurred between Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons and Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette, which led to Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen intervening when Simmons wouldn't let go of Fournette.
Brown and the Buccaneers agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $6.25 million, which his agent, Ed Wasielewski, confirmed includes a $2 million signing bonus among $3.1 million fully guaranteed, NFL.com reported in April.
Brown signed with the Buccaneers prior to Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season following an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The former Pro Bowl wide receiver's deal included a base salary of $750,000, with incentives to push the deal to $2.5 million, reuniting him with quarterback Tom Brady and allowing him the chance to turn around his career after being cut by the New England Patriots in September 2019.
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians initially said Brown "was not a fit" for the team's locker room during the 2020 offseason, but said Brown had "matured" after meeting with the wide receiver in October amid numerous Tampa Bay players experiencing injuries.
Brown continued to win Arians' trust, with the coach calling him a "model citizen" during the 2020 NFL season and producing on the football field, which included catching a touchdown reception during the Bucs' 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.
During the 2020 season, however, Brown still faced numerous legal issues, which included being on felony probation for a battery charge against a delivery truck driver and an ongoing sexual assault lawsuit.