More drama: Raiders reportedly to suspend Antonio Brown after argument with GM
And you thought Antonio Brown would be ready to play, now that he found a new helmet.
Brown and the Oakland Raiders have been a disastrous relationship so far, and it’s not getting better. The team is planning to suspend Brown after he “got into it” with general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Raiders play the Denver Broncos on Monday night. It was expected to be a new-look team with superstar Brown as the centerpiece, but it has been one distraction after another for Oakland and its new receiver.
Fine might have led to argument
The latest in Brown’s never-ending drama was him publicly complaining about a fine for skipping a team walkthrough. That fine was for almost $14,000, and the letter Brown posted said he had accrued another $40,000 in fines. Mayock signed the letter.
Of course, this is far from the only incident that the Raiders have had to deal with in regards to Brown.
To keep it short, the main issues with Brown came when he burned his feet in a cryotherapy incident, which kept him out at the start of training camp, and a long battle with the NFL over him not being allowed to wear his helmet that was banned for safety concerns. Then he skipped the walkthrough, got fined, complained about it on social media, and that led to the argument according to Schefter.
Everything about the Brown-Raiders marriage has been a mess.
Mike Mayock has had words for Antonio Brown before
If you watched “Hard Knocks,” you probably saw the dynamic of coach Jon Gruden playing good cop with Brown and Mayock being the bad cop. Gruden would joke with Brown and express support. Mayock, during one of Brown’s tantrums over the helmet issue, had a press conference to say it was time for Brown to be all in for the team.
There was no immediate word on how long Brown will be suspended, but it clearly sets the Raiders offense back if he is suspended for the opener, especially after they have game-planned for the Broncos assuming Brown would play.
Brown has not even played a preseason game for the Raiders. It might be time to wonder if the relationship between player and team will ever be repaired.
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