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Antonio Brown Blasts The Bucs: ‘They Threw Me Out Like An Animal’

Antonio Brown is going off on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after they released him for storming off the field midgame.

"Coach was telling me that if I didn't play hurt, I was done with the Bucs," Brown said. Brown said he refused because of his ankle injury, adding that head team coach Bruce Arians "threw me out like an animal."

Brown had an MRI done on Monday that revealed he had "broken bone fragments," "ligament torn from the bone, and cartilage loss. The NFL star said it was "beyond painful."

"Despite the pain, I suited up, the staff injected me with what I now know was a powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller that the NFLPA has warned against using, and I gave it my all for the team. I played until it was clear that I could not use my ankle to safely perform my playing responsibilities," his statement to the Tampa Bay Times reads.

Should he have been forced to play?