Bids for Antonio Brown’s MetLife Stadium-incident glove have already reached four figures.
One of MetLife Stadium’s most infamous artifacts is up for auction.
Those shopping for the historians of East Rutherford are in luck, as bids are open for the right glove that Antonio Brown launched into MetLife’s stands during his publicized exit from a Jan. 2 game, which has been listed by Lelands Sports Memorabilia and Card Auctions.
Brown, then a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, removed himself from the team’s Week 17 showdown against the New York Jets at the alleged request of head coach Bruce Arians, who was said to be upset over the embattled receiver’s refusal to re-enter the game, claiming he was too injured too so.
Arians claimed that Brown didn’t inform him of any injury and claimed that he was instead frustrated over a lack of targets, which prevented him from reaching several incentive-activated bonuses in his contract.
In his ensuing departure, Brown removed his equipment, including his jersey, shoulder pads, undershirt, and gloves into the stands as he left, eager to rid himself of his Buccaneer apparel as soon as possible before leaving the field shirtless while a play was in progress.
He was released from the team, which fell to the eventual NFC champion Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional playoff round, shortly after the incident. Brown’s early exit was the latest controversy to sully an otherwise accomplished NFL career, though he is seeking to play in the league next season.
Antonio Brown has a meltdown at the hand of the #Jets and #BraxtonBerrios pic.twitter.com/RGhSYpyrOu
— Miller (@mmmmillah) January 2, 2022
The auction, which runs through Feb. 12 (the day before Super Bowl 56), started with an opening bid of $81, representing the number Brown wore in Tampa Bay. As of press time, 28 bids have been placed, reaching $1,718.
According to the lot description, the white glove has “Superbad” imprinted on the wristband and is said to feature a blacked-out Oakland Raiders logo, hinting that Brown had previously worn the glove during his brief tenure with the during the summer of 2019. It is described as “a tangible memento from an iconic NFL moment.”
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Founded in 1985 by Joshua Leland Evans, the Matawan, NJ-based auction house has handled several major sports memorabilia auctions, including the famed Boston Garden auction upon its 1996 closing.
Notable Jets-related items previously listed on the site include a game-worn Curtis Martin uniform from his penultimate season in 2005 (which sold for $1,844) and a signed Wayne Chrebet helmet from that same campaign ($2,126).