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Antonio Brown and Chris Jackson throw punches at joint practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) fights with Tennessee Titans defensive back Chris Jackson (35) during a joint training camp practice at AdventHealth Training Center Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. Nas Titans Bucs 006

Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown cannot stay away from controversy. He has punched a General Manager, been accused of rape, injured himself during physical therapy, said his former quarterback has a [slave] “owner mentality,” among other issues. The two-time receiving yardage leader’s latest debacle took place at a joint practice with the Tennessee Titans. Brown got into a fight with Titans DB Chris Jackson during Thursday’s practice, with the two players trading punches.

The most recent drama

Details are still emerging about the most recent altercation, as practice footage isn’t publicly available. However, reports are coming in that the two players exchanged words after Brown asked for a flag on a play during a one-on-one passing drill. The talk apparently did not defuse the situation. After Brown and Jackson were finished throwing punches, Brown was temporarily removed from practice.

Both teams’ head coaches have a zero-tolerance policy for fighting. It remains unclear if there will be further consequences for the fight. Tensions remained high after the fight, as many players got into a scuffle later in practice. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel had to step in to break it up. It will be interesting to see any lingering tensions from this practice when the two teams face off in a preseason matchup on Saturday.

Brown’s troubled history and current stint

TAMPA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 14: Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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The former Steelers superstar joined Tampa Bay midway through last season. It was his second chance after an ugly exit from Pittsburgh and a brief disaster in Oakland. Brown was the best receiver in the league with Pittsburgh until 2018. When he stirred up locker room drama and requested a trade, they sent him to Oakland.

Brown didn’t even make it to the start of the season there. All the drama in Oakland happened in training camp. Brown showed up with frostbitten feet from a cryotherapy lab. He then refused to practice after the NFL banned his helmet for safety reasons. And then, when the Raiders fined him for missing practices, he got into an altercation with GM Mike Mayock.

However, a player of Brown’s caliber gets many chances. New England signed Brown later that season. He played one game before more evidence of rape allegations ended his time there. However, he promised to clean up his act in Tampa, and quarterback Tom Brady put his faith in Brown. Over the course of Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl run, Brown stayed away from drama and contributed on the field. However, it appears he couldn’t stay away from controversy forever.

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