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The latest on Antonio Brown

Postby Domer » September 5th, 2019, 2:36 pm

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Star receiver Antonio Brown was not with the Oakland Raiders four days before the season opener amid reports he could be suspended over a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock.

Mayock said at the beginning of practice Thursday that Brown wasn't at the Raiders facility and won't be practicing a day after Brown posted a letter from the GM on social media detailing nearly $54,000 in fines.

"I'll make it short and sweet," Mayock said. "Antonio Brown is not in the building today, won't be practicing. I don't have any more information for you right now. When I have some and it becomes appropriate you guys will all get it. But that's it for today."

ESPN reported earlier Thursday that the two had a confrontation the previous day over the posting of the letter and that the Raiders plan to suspend Brown. Teams have the right under the collective bargaining agreement to suspend players up to four games for conduct detrimental to the team. A suspension would also void the more than $29 million in guarantees over the next two seasons contained in Brown's contract with the Raiders.

This is just the latest development in a dramatic first season in Oakland for Brown, who has yet to step on the field for a game with his new team.

The Raiders acquired the game's most prolific receiver after he wore out his welcome in Pittsburgh. Oakland gave up only a third- and fifth-round pick for the four-time All-Pro receiver and gave him a hefty raise with a new three-year contract worth $50.125 million.

But Brown was unable to practice at the start of training camp after getting frost bite on his feet during a cryotherapy accident in France just before the start of camp.

Brown was activated July 28 and took part in one walkthrough and part of one practice before leaving the team to get treatment for his feet and to fight the NFL and the NFLPA over his helmet.

Brown lost two grievances with the league in his attempt to use an old helmet now banned for safety reasons. He skipped practice on Aug. 18, prompting Mayock to issue an ultimatum for Brown to be "all in or all out" and also handing him a $40,000 fine.

Brown returned to the team the following day but then missed a mandatory walkthrough before an exhibition game in Winnipeg on Aug. 22, leading to a second fine of $13,950.

Brown publicized those fines on his Instagram account Wednesday. Brown also wrote on the account: "WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE'S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR."

That apparently prompted the latest run-in with Mayock and now leaves Brown's status with the team in doubt ahead of Monday night's opener at home against the Denver Broncos.

Brown had several issues in Pittsburgh as well, leading to the team's decision to trade him even though he topped 100 receptions and 1,200 yards receiving in each of the past six seasons.

The relationship reached a breaking point in late December. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin benched Brown during the regular-season finale against Cincinnati after the wide receiver went radio silent in the final 48 hours before the game.

Brown arrived in a fur coat, hung out for a half and then disappeared from view until well after his teammates had cleaned out their lockers following a 9-6-1 finish that left Pittsburgh out of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

When Brown did resurface, he began engaging in a series of increasingly antagonistic acts designed to expedite his departure. He went on Instagram with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison during Tomlin's season wrap-up press conference. He decried quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's "owner's mentality" and chastised Tomlin for disciplining him in Week 17.
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Re: The latest on Antonio Brown

Postby Iconoclast » September 6th, 2019, 2:28 am

As a Bronco fan, seeing this amount of disfunction with the Raiders is so nice to see, even if it isn't uncommon. And I can't recall a GM who has gotten into a personal public beef with a player before over anything other than a contract. How bad is the AFC west these days? You have Andy "little game Reid bringing more playoff heartbreak to KC, the Chargers playing in a 25,000 seat soccer stadium that doesn't sell out, the perpetually dysfunctional Raiders and the revolving QB door Broncos.
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Re: The latest on Antonio Brown

Postby Iconoclast » September 7th, 2019, 4:14 pm

And he has been released. What a tool. He social media'd himself out of $29 M in guaranteed money along with millions more for playing. Now he can sign a one year deal for the veteran minimum, keep his mouth shut and hope that some team gives him a few million in guaranteed money next year.
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Re: The latest on Antonio Brown

Postby Domer » September 10th, 2019, 12:17 pm

Iconoclast wrote:And he has been released. What a tool. He social media'd himself out of $29 M in guaranteed money along with millions more for playing. Now he can sign a one year deal for the veteran minimum, keep his mouth shut and hope that some team gives him a few million in guaranteed money next year.

The man is a fool.
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Re: The latest on Antonio Brown

Postby irishmark » September 10th, 2019, 2:49 pm

Domer wrote:
Iconoclast wrote:And he has been released. What a tool. He social media'd himself out of $29 M in guaranteed money along with millions more for playing. Now he can sign a one year deal for the veteran minimum, keep his mouth shut and hope that some team gives him a few million in guaranteed money next year.

The man is a fool.


And predictably, the Patriots pick him up. :roll:
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Re: The latest on Antonio Brown

Postby Iconoclast » September 10th, 2019, 3:53 pm

irishmark wrote:
Domer wrote:
Iconoclast wrote:And he has been released. What a tool. He social media'd himself out of $29 M in guaranteed money along with millions more for playing. Now he can sign a one year deal for the veteran minimum, keep his mouth shut and hope that some team gives him a few million in guaranteed money next year.

The man is a fool.


And predictably, the Patriots pick him up. :roll:


Yes, but that was his plan all along and there are lots of rumors that the Pats were working behind the scenes all summer to make this happen. The Steelers and Raiders were played in this whole thing, although the Steelers at least got a couple of picks.

The NFL agreements have always been unfavorable to the players and favorable to the owners, however I believe that the fans have benefited from this. If the NFL goes the way of the NBA with more and more power to the players, then fans will be the losers.
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Re: The latest on Antonio Brown

Postby irishmark » September 20th, 2019, 7:21 pm

And then, just like that, he’s cut by the Patriots.
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Re: The latest on Antonio Brown

Postby Iconoclast » September 20th, 2019, 7:46 pm

Well this IS the NFL so some team will get desperate and sign him at some point. However at far less than the $15 million the Pats has inked him for.
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