After a disagreement with GM Mike Mayock that reportedly almost turned violent, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown will avoid any further discipline from the Oakland Raiders. Head coach Jon Gruden said at practice Friday that Brown is expected to be active for their Monday night season opener against the Denver Broncos.
Statement from #Raiders HC Jon Gruden: “Antonio is back today. We’re excited about that. Ready to move on.” Gruden says the plan is to have Antonio Brown play on Monday @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/UCq1n1JPUZ
— MJ Acosta (@MJAcostaTV) September 6, 2019
Brown posted a picture of a confidential letter to his Instagram Wednesday morning, resulting in the spat between him and Mayock and expected looming suspension. The letter Brown posted from Mayock and the Raiders described the fines he would have to pay after months of various training camp absences due to frostbitten feet and a dispute with the NFL’s newest helmet safety policy.
Now with Brown expected to be in the fold for Week 1, the 7-time Pro Bowler is hoping to get back in the good graces of his peers. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Brown issued his teammates an “emotional” apology during a meeting Friday.
Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown, after a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday in which disparaging language was used by Brown, has issued “an emotional apology” at a team meeting on Friday morning, a source told ESPN.
The source said Brown issued the apology with team captains “standing with him” and that the team “treated him like a family member” afterward.
With this incident now supposedly behind them, the Raiders and Antonio Brown still have to be seriously concerned about how quickly their marriage has took a turn for the worst. Brown’s disagreement with Mayock is only the latest in a string of off-field issues for the star wideout.
But as the summer winds down and their season opener just days away, now is the time for Brown to prove his worth when many are skeptical of what he can do in Oakland. Expect Brown to be heavily involved in Oakland’s gameplan this Monday with Jon Gruden calling the shots.