Despite all the drama, it seems like Antonio Brown will play for the Raiders this season after all.
Earlier this week, Brown got into a heated confrontation with GM Mike Mayock after Mayock fined him for skipping a few practices during training camp.
Today we learned that Brown went as far as to call Mayock a “cracker” during the confrontation.
A Raiders source confirmed Brown was unhappy with the fine levied by the team and, seeing Mayock watching practice, walked over and initiated an exchange with the GM. The Raiders source confirmed information from another league source who said Brown called Mayock a “cracker” and unleashed a barrage of “cuss words” during the altercation.
The team source said Mayock tried to keep his cool and defuse the situation.
“[Mayock] was like, ‘I’m cool, I understand your displeasure,'” the source said. “[Mayock] sort of just like … just walked away because he saw it escalate.”
The source stressed the confrontation escalated quickly, but it never appeared to be getting physical, and players, including linebacker Vontaze Burfict, attempted to separate Brown from the situation in order to calm him down.
That led to the team planning to suspend Brown, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Brown eventually issued an emotional apology to Mayock and the team for his tirade.
Apparently, AB’s apology worked because head coach Jon Gruden announced that Brown would play in the team’s week 1 game vs the Broncos on Monday Night.
Update: Antonio Brown addressed the situation after today’s practice.
What a crazy week.