This official release also comes after Brown posted a text exchange on his Instagram story that he had with Tom Brady’s trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero. Brown tags Brady in the story, accusing Guerrero of doing no work and taking $100,000. Allegedly, Brown was only on the Buccaneers (even after all the controversy and legal issues of the last few years) because Brady wanted him on the team.


The best way to describe this situation with Brown, is the best way to describe him: Messy. Nothing can ever be done cleanly with him. The NFLPA is actually looking into a potential cover up by the Buccaneers regarding his alleged ankle injury, but union president George Atallah told USA Today Sports that Brown has not yet contacted the union and that they don’t have a lot of details yet.

I’m not about to take the Buccaneers word about what happened on Sunday just because it’s on company letterhead. Their interest is in getting players on the field. This is a business, not Pop Warner.


But for whatever skepticism I have about how the Buccaneers handled this situation, I have at minimum the exact same amount for Brown. The only consistent thing about him is erratic behavior. On Sunday, he’s ripping pads off, on Thursday he’s calling out the main person in his corner on social media, and in December he gets suspended for using a fake vaccine card when his personal chef tells on him because Brown has this nasty habit of not paying the people that he hires.

In a situation in which nobody deserves the benefit of the doubt, I guess dubiousness all around is the only correct decision. And you know what, now that I back away from this and see just how NFL this whole situation is — player accused of misconduct toward women and other indiscretions is signed by a team in contention for a Super Bowl, and a team handling a player injury in a questionable way — dubiousness for all is the right call.