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Hot mess in Oakland!

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September 05, 2019 - 6:41 pm

By Charlie O @Charlio1320

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Antonio Brown knows how to keep himself in the headlines. Multiple reports have him getting into a verbal disagreement with Oakland Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock that ended with Brown threatening to hit Mayock in the face. Then as Brown left the area, he punted a football and reportedly said, “Fine me for that.”

Brown had received $53,900 in fines

Brown was already upset because the Raiders had tapped his wallet for $53,950 in fines. They charged him $40,000 for missing training camp on August 18 and then, the team tacked on $13,950 for missing a walk through on August 22 – the day of the Green Bay Packers preseason game.

Please note that none of the fines are for using a cryotherapy chamber barefoot and injuring his feet which prevented him from being able to practice. The team also overlooked the missed days while Brown argued with the NFL over which helmet he would be allowed to use during the season.

Brown tweeted out an interesting response

“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” – was printed over the image of the letter informing Brown of his fines by the team. Obviously, this response made it clear the player and team were on a collision course.

What’s next?

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Raiders are planning to suspend Brown and that he will not play in the opener on Monday night versus the Denver Broncos.

Ultimately, the Raiders could attempt to void Brown’s $29-million guaranteed salary for conduct detrimental to the team. They could also pursue a return of the $1-million signing bonus for his actions (or lack thereof) during training camp. If that were to happen, that would involve a battle that would play out on Court TV.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus finally speaks

Brown’s agent – Drew Rosenhaus – has finally come out from under the rock he was hiding under and has started speaking. He told Rapoport “our goal is to salvage this relationship. There is two sides to every story. My job is to bring everything back, try and get things worked out. That’s what I’m working on right now. … He says nothing is final.”


NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales asked Rosenhaus if Brown is mentally OK.  “I have no doubt in my mind about that,” Rosenhaus told Dales. “I don’t think there is any issue in that capacity. We have had some obstacles through training camp, but Antonio is fine. He’s great and he is going to continue his career.”

How will this end?

Charlie O’s sportsbook says the odds are a “pick ‘em” on whether Antonio Brown is uniform and plays in the game on Monday night. Welcome to the 100th year of the NFL.

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