Tony Dungy hasn't been afraid to speak his mind about Antonio Brown: 'He thinks he's the victim'

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Tony Dungy has never been known to be harsh. But over the years, the former Colts coach has made his feelings about Antonio Brown well-known.

Sunday featured one of the most bizarre moments of Brown's career, in which he took off his shirt and left the field during the middle of the Buccaneer's game against the Jets on Sunday.

On Football Night in America before the game between the Packers and Vikings, Dungy said teams shouldn't give Brown another chance until he "gets some help."

"I've said this in the past: I feel sorry for Antonio Brown," he said. "He's talented, but he needs help. In the NFL, we're not doing him any favors if we keep signing him and keep rewarding this kind of behavior. Don't sign him until he gets some help.

Here's what Dungy has said about Brown before:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) walks on the field during 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 (81) walks on the field during an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.

'He'll be the big loser in the end!'

Brown landed with the Raiders during the 2019 offseason after requesting a trade from the Steelers, but requested a trade again after just three months. The Patriots quickly signed him to a one-year deal worth up to $15 million. In an Instagram post, Brown posted an illustration of himself in a Patriots jersey surrounded by money, with the words "Business is Boomin."

Following the wide receiver’s release by the Raiders, Dungy said, “I feel sorry for Antonio Brown.”

“He’s been blessed with amazing talent but he’s lost track of the fact that football is a team game. So is life,” Dungy tweeted. “He thinks he’s the victim but he’s missing out on the real joy that comes from being part of a team. He’ll be the big loser in the end!”

During an appearance prior to Sunday Night Football following Brown signing with the Patriots, Dungy said the signing “sent the wrong message.”

“I know coaches want to win, but I’m disappointed in (Patriots owner) Robert Kraft,” Dungy said. “I think at some point you say, just as an organization, ‘We are not going to do this.’”

Brown was released by the Patriots less than two weeks after he signed the deal, amid allegations of sexual assault.

Dungy said Brown's middle name is 'drama'

Brown was signed by Tampa Bay midway through the 2020 season, appearing in eight games. He re-signed a one-year deal with the team in April. He played in only seven games with the team this season, suffering an ankle injury against Philadelphia in Week 6. He was suspended without pay for three games after lying about his vaccination status.

FILE - Tony Dungy looks on before an NFL divisional playoff football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. Hall of Fame coach Dungy learned long ago the need to know how to handle credit and blame. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
FILE - Tony Dungy looks on before an NFL divisional playoff football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. Hall of Fame coach Dungy learned long ago the need to know how to handle credit and blame. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Following the Buccaneers’ win against the Jets on Sunday, head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Brown was “no longer a Buc.”

Prior to Sunday Night Football last week, Dungy continued questioning Brown's behavior.

“Antonio Brown is a great football player — and I think he’s going to be the key for the Bucs repeating if they do get another Super Bowl — but his middle name is ‘drama’ so that’s always going to be a storyline with him," he said.

Brown was a sixth-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2010. He led the league in receiving yards in 2017 and receiving touchdowns in 2018, but has played in just 15 games with three different teams since leaving Pittsburgh.

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