He left as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were trailing the New York Jets and did so in dramatic fashion.
Fans and analysts alike are continuing to discuss Brown on Monday in what remains a bizarre storyline.
ESPN’s Ryan Clark, who is also a former teammate of Brown, summed up the situation well.
.@Realrclark25, Antonio Brown's former teammate, believes Brown has "played his last snap" in the NFL.
"Antonio Brown will no longer compete, no matter what. … When you do this, no one wants you to be around." pic.twitter.com/ckPuiRWivr
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) January 3, 2022
Clark cited mental health awareness and also how the NFL will always find a role for a player if they have talent, no matter what else is going on.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport even revealed Brown was dealing with an injury when he was told to get back into the game.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2022
Fans also chimed in on as Brown remains a top trending topic at the start of the week.
Reactions To Brown’s Departure
Fans seem to have mixed reactions to Brown’s situation.
Some are defending him as more details have come out.
So the whole Antonio Brown situation is definitely an example of why you should do your research before judging, people think he just decided to walk off mid game. Coaches told him to leave after he believed he wasn’t healthy enough to play when they wanted him to
— James Windley IV (@KingJamieIV) January 3, 2022
Antonio Brown’s NFL career is very likely over now, one can only hope he gets the help he really needs.
— Gerald (@Gerald26608863) January 3, 2022
Yet others continue to pile on Brown as his NFL future remains in limbo.
Stop making that clown Antonio brown the topic of conversation the same week we should Honor John Madden’s life. Stop glamorizing idiots. RIP
— Kelsey (@kelsro12) January 3, 2022
You’re a clown bro
— DS4 1-7-22 AOTY (@fwcuwey) January 3, 2022
This is a unique scenario because a player has never left in this manner before.
That has fans citing potential mental health issues and compassion to keep in mind before judging a player like Brown.
All I know it's all jokes and all but it's sad what's happened to Antonio Brown
— SAUCE ⧫ (@0xMoxy) January 3, 2022
@AB84 wishing you mental and physical health. Keep the business boomin’ 🙏🏽
— Warrior Joe (@JDez54) January 3, 2022
The Antonio Brown situation simply demonstrates the mental health struggles many NFL pros experience everyday
— Jack Casey (@JackCasey25) January 3, 2022
The wide range of reactions shows just how complex a situation like this can be.
Brown has dealt with legal issues for years, but does that mean he can’t also have personal issues?
Those are the types of questions being asked as this situation continues to evolve.
Brown’s name should continue to be a trending topic all week as he posts on social media and his now former teammates answer questions about him with the media.