Antonio Brown makes first public appearance after Bucs outburst as NFL future hangs in balance

Brown was spotted courtside at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the Nets played the Grizzlies

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Antonio Brown made his first public appearance on Monday night following his outburst and departure during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Jets.

Brown was taking in a Brooklyn Nets game while his roster status still hangs in the balance. He was spotted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as the Nets were taking on the Memphis Grizzlies. He appeared to be wearing a blue and white tracksuit with sunglasses on and a big chain around his neck.

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It’s unclear whether Brown will still be on the Buccaneers’ roster following his departure in the middle of the team’s win over the Jets. He threw some of his gear into the stands and gave fans a peace sign before jetting to the tunnel and never returning.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown wipes his face as he leaves the field after throwing his equipment into the stands while his team is on offense during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown wipes his face as he leaves the field after throwing his equipment into the stands while his team is on offense during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP)

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Brown was "no longer a Buc." But on Monday, the transactional process didn’t seem as complete as Arians made it seem.

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When asked Monday, he said it was up to general manager Jason Licht to make the decision. According to ESPN, the Buccaneers were talking with the NFL about how to move forward with Brown’s situation. The wide receiver is sure to face some kind of discipline from the NFL.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown arrives courtside during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in New York.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown arrives courtside during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The details surrounding the incident have yet to come out. Reports indicated that Brown was concerned about his ankle and didn’t want to play. Arians said Brown never told him he was injured and added that the two had a "conversation" and that the player left the field. Arians didn’t say what the conversation included.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown arrives courtside during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in New York.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown arrives courtside during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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Brown posted a goodbye note on Instagram and has been touting his new rap song.