Bruce Arians is done talking about Antonio Brown’s October 15 incident

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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians had his first media availability on Thursday since word emerged of an October 15 incident involving receiver Antonio Brown. Arians had little desire in talking to the media about the incident, however.

“Like the statement said, we were totally aware,” Arians said. “And he’s been a model citizen. I think we’re trying to beat a dead horse now. There’s been enough statements about it.”

Actually, there has been only one statement from the teams. And the statement didn’t say that the Buccaneers “were aware” of the incident upon signing Brown. Instead, the statement said only that they “are aware” now.

If anyone was going to ask Arians about that distinction, he made it clear in response to the next question — about Brown and his maturity level — that Arians had no interest in talking about it.

“I think we’ve had enough conversations about that, thank you,” Arians said.

Whether the team did or didn’t know about the October 15 incident before signing Brown becomes an important distinction, given that the NFL (according to the NFL’s in-house media operation) didn’t know about the October 15 incident. If the Buccaneers truly knew about the October 15 incident before signing him, then the Buccaneers acquired an obligation under the Personal Conduct Policy to tell the league about it.

Our guess (and it’s just a guess) is that the Buccaneers didn’t actually know about it before signing Brown, and that Arians is either accidentally or deliberately blurring the lines so that he doesn’t have to answer questions about it.

Still, even if he refuses to answer the question at his next virtual press conference, it’s fair to ask him for clarity regarding the timeline. If the team knew, it’s fair to ask whether the team told the league. If the team didn’t know, it’s fair to ask whether before signing Brown they asked if there are any other incidents they don’t know about.

24 responses to “Bruce Arians is done talking about Antonio Brown’s October 15 incident

  1. That’s cool, they’ll just starting asking his teammates about the situation. Barely a week in and already a distraction..

  2. Bruce shouldn’t be annoyed at the questions. It’s what he signed up for when he brought Antonio on board.

  3. Tampa Bay doesn’t play good on prime time Plus this Antonio Brown distraction all week…
    I’m calling a Rams upset Monday night !!

  4. Did Arians really think they were going to bring Brown in and get a pass on talking about his off-field nonsense?
    Especially considering Brown is still engaging in off-field nonsense?

  5. Bigtime Bucs fan here, and I’m disappointed with the world guys like Bruce Arians thinks we live in now, where we can just declare we’re done talking about something that really is a public issue. I was not pleased with the Brown signing, knowing all the drama and distaction it would bring. We in Tampa just got finished last year finally when a bad news conduct story that lasted for five years. Now this. Bad call Bruce. Not good of you Bucs.

  6. Get ready Bruce. You’ll be asked a ton of questions in just a few weeks when the lawsuit against AB begins.

  7. cma1973 says:
    November 19, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    It would be great if we all could be done talking about this nonsense.
    If AB behaved we’d be done talking about this nonsense.

    If the Bucs hadn’t signed a player that brings this upon himself we’d be done talking about this nonsense.

    If Arians was clear, truthful, and open we’d be done talking about this nonsense.

  8. That’s like driving a yellow Ferrari and telling people to stop looking at your car at stoplights.

  9. LOL! HE may think he’s done talking about it…but…

    And I agree – he should have seen something like this coming. Can’t change the spots on a leopard and all that.

  10. Zoeboy, Goodell won’t let Brady lose on another Monday night game period. He is the most coddled athlete by the commissioner and the refs that has ever existed in sports history worldwide.

  11. Bruce Arians is now officially an Antonio Brown enabler. Run away from the whole thing Bruce!

  12. I can’t blame Bruce. Brown shouldn’t even be in the league, and he definitely wouldn’t be in Tampa if Brady was enabling that to happen. This is getting old.

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