Hell hath no fury like an Antonio Brown scorn. There are few public figures willing to speak their minds the way Brown does. While at times that honesty can be refreshing, the wide receiver has a tendency of saying (and specifically tweeting) NFL opinions that leave a negative impact.
On Friday, Brown decided to go on Twitter and fire off a number of tweets, some of them directed at the Oakland Raiders.
It seems like in the above tweets, Brown is referencing Mark Davis. The owner of the Raiders stayed very quiet during the whole controversy, but he was likely involved in some capacity. Brown was set to be the team’s biggest star heading to Las Vegas in 2020, so the decision to cut him didn’t come lightly. Davis doesn’t seek the spotlight very often. He didn’t want all the bad PR Brown would’ve brought with the move to Vegas looming, so the final call very well may have included him and that’s likely why the wide receiver is calling him out.
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Brown didn’t stop with the previous tweets. One of the more surprising twists of the whole fallout was the disintegration of Brown and Derek Carr’s relationship. Based on the offseason, the two men seemed to develop a strong bond. There were many videos of them practicing together. It was looking as though they were on the verge of potentially forming one of the top wide receiver – quarterback duos in the NFL.
Something appears to have happened between the two that caused the relationship to sour. In the midst of the drama, Brown threw shade at the quarterback and unfollowed him on social media. Derek Carr has remained quiet on the issue, but his brother David blasted the wide receiver. Brown clearly isn’t over it as he threw a couple of jabs towards Carr on Friday.
Brown references the “chicken plan,” which was the mantra that the two men created together. It’s unclear how they came up with that slogan, but it’s clear that the plan was never executed. He also suggests that he didn’t receive any support from Carr, Jon Gruden or Mike Mayock. His falling out with Carr may have simply come from the quarterback not directly defending him. Carr remained pretty quiet when most of the news was coming out and that may have upset Brown, but that’s purely speculation at this point.
It’s disappointing that Brown couldn’t keep his head on straight in Oakland. The Raiders are better than expected but are struggling at wide receiver. Having a player of Brown’s caliber could’ve made the difference in some of the team’s losses. Obviously, that could be taken with a huge grain of salt. In the long term, the Raiders are better off without him. The worst part is that they lost two draft picks in the process and just got a frustrating situation in return.