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Brown had made 26 yards in the game before he left it prematurely

Wide receiver Antonio Brown has been sacked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after dramatically walking out of their game at the New York Jets.

The 33-year-old stripped off his jersey and pads, gestured to the crowd and walked back to the locker room midway through the third quarter.

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Brown was apparently angered by a conversation with one of the team staff, while on the sidelines.

“He is no longer a Buc,” said head coach Bruce Arians after the game.

“That is the end of the story, Let’s talk about the guys who went out there and won the game.”

The Bucs, who were trailing 24-10 at the time of Brown’s walk-off, went on to win 28-24 to move to 12-4 for the season. They have already qualified for the play-offs.

Brown, who helped the Bucs win Super Bowl 55 last year, had three receptions for 26 yards at the time he left the field.

He has 42 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season.

A seven-time Pro Bowler with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown has had a chequered career.

He was released by New England Patriots in 2019 after one game amid allegations of sexual misconduct and threatening text messages.

He was suspended for the first half of the 2020 season after facing assault and burglary charges and was suspended for three games in December for misrepresenting a Covid-19 vaccination certificate.