'It’s Totally Disrespect, Man': Antonio Brown Blasts The Tampa Bay Buccaneers For Trying To Send Him To The 'Crazy House'

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Ernesto Cova

A week doesn't go by in the NFL if Antonio Brown doesn't steal all the headlines, whether it's or off the gridiron. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers refuses to go away quietly and has spent the past couple of weeks telling his version of what led him to storm off the field mid-game.

Brown insists that he was hurt and shut down the narrative of him being upset because of the lack of involvement in the passing game. Moreover, he's now threatening to pursue legal action against the organization, coach Bruce Arians, and GM Jason Licht.

Brown Insists He Was Hurt

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In a recent interview with Bryant Gumbel, the former Steelers standout claimed that he didn't want to continue wearing the Bucs' uniform because they didn't respect him enough to understand he wasn't healthy to play:

“What would you do? I was hurt,” Brown said, per Boston.com. “At that point, you know, I don’t want to wear your equipment. I don’t want to be affiliated with the logos and, you know, I — I just took it off and — and got out of there.”

The Bucs Reportedly Offered To Pay For Therapy

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The Bucs claimed to be worried about Brown's mental health and even reportedly offered him $200,000 to pay for counseling. Brown's camp, however, claims that's nothing but defamation:

“The offer was, Antonio would basically sit on the sidelines, go on some list — and commit himself to some form of intensive mental health treatment,” Brown's lawyer Sean Burstyn said. “And we were specifically told, in writing, by the general manager, twice, ‘Don’t spin this any other way.’ ”

Brown Will Sue The Bucs

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Now, Brown and his lawyer are ready to take legal action against the Bucs organization:

“All of our options are on the table. We’re going to hold to account the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bruce Arians, the general manager to the extent anyone who’s responsible for this spin that Antonio isn’t reliable to do a good job playing football because he doesn’t have the mental fortitude to do it. They’ll be held to account," Burstyn added.

Brown did help the Bucs win the Super Bowl last season and his talent is undeniable. Then again, he's not likely to play in the NFL again due to all of the off-sports controversies. He's not getting any younger and, in reality, may not be worth the trouble at his point in his career.