Tony Dungy feels ‘sorry’ for Antonio Brown after Buccaneers release: ‘He’s talented, but he needs help’

Antonio Brown’s time with the Buccaneers came to an end Sunday afternoon after a Week 17 sideline collapse against the Jets.

The scene was jarring. Brown left the field after a disagreement with the Buccaneers coaches and took off his equipment. He tossed his jersey and gloves into the stands before running shirtless to the Bucs’ locker room. He crossed the field and stood in the end zone cheering for the Jets crowd before giving a peace sign and disappearing.

Brown’s collapse caught the attention of the entire NFL community. That included former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy, who spoke about Brown’s future on NBC’s “Football Night in America.” I mean, Dungy doesn’t think Brown has one in the NFL unless he “gets some help.”

“I’ve said this in the past: I’m sorry for Antonio Brown,” Dungy said. “He’s talented, but he needs help. In the NFL, we’re doing him no favors by continuing to hire and reward this type of behavior. Don’t hire him until you get help.”

Dungy echoed similar sentiments when Brown was released by the Raiders at the start of the 2019 NFL season.

“I am sorry for Antonio Brown,” Dungy wrote in a tweet on September 7, 2019. “He has been blessed with incredible talent, but has lost track of the fact that soccer is a team game. So is the life. victim, but you are missing the real joy of being part of a team. In the end you will be the big loser! “

Dungy resurfaced that tweet in the wake of the latest Brown incident and said nothing had changed since then.

Dungy’s comments came just a week after he criticized Brown for handling his return from a three-game suspension. Brown was questioned about misrepresentation of his vaccination status and declined to answer questions on the matter. He went so far as to accuse reporters of creating “drama” by asking about it, and that didn’t sit well with Dungy.

“Antonio Brown is a great football player, and I think it will be the key for the Bucs to repeat if they get another Super Bowl, but his middle name is ‘drama,’ so it will always be a story for him.” Dungy said.

Indeed, Brown’s drama became a story during his final month with the Buccaneers, as he has in each of his last four NFL stops. Now the only question is whether any other NFL teams will be willing to take a chance on their talents if they can get help.

For now, it’s hard to imagine Brown signing anywhere. After all, he has played just 15 games over the past three seasons with the Raiders, Patriots and Buccaneers and has had one unceremonious departure from each squad.