The Antonio Brown tenure with the Oakland Raiders looks like it may be ending sooner than most expected. After receiving a fine for missing practice, Brown reportedly lost his cool on general manager Mike Mayock and even went as far as threatening him with violence.
It sounds as though this was an ugly scene that was enhanced by the fact that it was in front of the team. While a suspension seems like a certainty at this point, the Raiders could go so far as potentially parting ways with the wide receiver altogether and not face many consequences.
It looks like quarterback Derek Carr isn’t going to come out of the situation free and clear, either. Brown has made a passive-aggressive move against the quarterback.
Follow the Heavy Oakland Raiders page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!
Antonio Brown Unfollows Derek Carr & Raiders on Instagram
As noticed by Mitchell Renz on Twitter, it appears that Brown has unfollowed Carr on Instagram. It also looks like he stopped following the team’s official Instagram account.
While this might seem mundane, it actually bears significance. There haven’t been any reported issued between Brown and Carr. By most accounts, they seem very friendly. What should also be noted is that Brown still follows many of his Raider teammates, so it appears he specifically meant to unfollow Carr and the team. Due to Brown’s nature as someone who doesn’t like to keep quiet, it wouldn’t be surprising if he sounds off on the issue at some point very soon.
Considering how things ended with Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, it’s not too surprising Brown may have some drama with his current quarterback. Brown turned on him quickly, but that was at least partially due to Big Ben calling him out in the media. Carr has been nothing but supportive of Brown. It looks like it’s possible that the two will never get the chance to hit the regular season field together as teammates.
Jon Gruden ‘Frustrated’ by Antonio Brown Situation
Head coach Jon Gruden had a chance to speak with the media after Thursday’s practice and stayed pretty quiet on the Antonio Brown front. He avoided most questions and said there’ll be an announcement later in the day. Gruden did admit frustration in the matter but said that “down deep, I think Antonio is a great guy.”
All of this drama comes just days before the season starts and throws a wrench into the Raiders’ offensive plans. Brown was supposed to be a huge focal point of the offense and his subtraction could lead to a lesser product. Even without Brown, the Raiders have a good amount of talent and should be greatly improved on the offensive end in 2019. This is just a very disappointing development because Brown could’ve been the player to take things over the top. Obviously, no final decision has been made yet, but things aren’t looking good for the All-Pro wide receiver.