Antonio Brown's Glove Thrown Into Crowd During Mid-Game Exit vs. Jets to Be Auctioned

Erin WalshJanuary 31, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 02:  Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on January 02, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The glove that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown tossed into the MetLife Stadium crowd when he unexpectedly exited a Jan. 2 win over the New York Jets is on the auction block

Part of the description on the Lelands website reads:

"Offered is the right-hand game-used receiving glove that Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown tossed into the stands at Met Life Stadium during his infamous meltdown early in the third quarter of the January 2, 2022, game against the home New York Jets."
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The bidding for the glove started at $81. 

The Buccaneers fan who caught the glove, Mark McKee, told Chris Moore of the Port Arthur News earlier this month of his intentions to auction off the glove. He also shared his opinion of Brown:

"We already had a pretty good receiving corps and we made room for him, which is awesome. He is a talented guy. He may need some intervention between the ears, which was made apparent. He was an electric player and was on that roster and helped the Bucs get to a Super Bowl and win it. It was a tear-jerking moment when we won the Super Bowl and he was a part of that."

The Buccaneers terminated Brown's contract shortly after the outburst, during which the 12-year veteran removed his jersey and shoulder pads before running across the field and gesturing to the fans on his way to the locker room while the game was in still progress. 

Brown later said he told the Buccaneers he was too hurt to continue playing on an injured ankle. However, head coach Bruce Arians said the veteran wide receiver didn't inform him or the training staff that his ankle was bothering him. 

Since then, Brown has expressed interest in joining the Baltimore Ravens to play with star quarterback Lamar Jackson, who appears open to the idea. The 33-year-old also said "a couple teams" have called him as he prepares for his next opportunity in the NFL.

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Brown began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 and remained with the franchise through 2018. He was lauded as one of the best receivers in the NFL during his tenure with the Black and Gold, recording seven seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards. 

The Steelers traded Brown after the 2018 season to the then-Oakland Raiders, who later released him before he played a single game. The New England Patriots signed him later that day, and he appeared in one game for Bill Belichick's squad before being released following allegations of sexual and personal misconduct.

Brown joined the Buccaneers in 2020 after an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. He caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns in the final eight games of the regular season.

Brown caught 42 passes for 545 yards and four scores through seven games in 2021 before being released.