Raiders suspending Antonio Brown after blowup with GM Mike Mayock

Raiders suspending Antonio Brown after blowup with GM Mike Mayock

While the altercation didn't get physical, Brown threatened to punch Mayock in the face, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Editor's note: Watch the full, exclusive interview with general manager Mike Mayock on "Raiders Central", which debuts Thursday night on NBC Sports Bay Area and re-airs throughout the weekend. "I made one simple statement to say this is where we are as an organization, and we move on from here". Nothing is final yet. Mayock and Gruden had eyes wide open when they acquired Brown, knowing that he comes with some baggage. We're doing our best to work this out.

"There's no doubt what his talent level is", Mayock said.


And I was just kidding about the "more serious" part of this "news". Nobody is disputing whether he's a very good player, but the Raiders went out and got Tyrell Williams in the offseason, they've addressed a lot of their offensive line issues, they've drafted defense, Derek Carr is now healthy, and say what you want about Jon Gruden, but they played pretty well past year when everyone predicted they'd bail and quit. "That's it for today".

Raiders writer Vic Tafur confirmed the dust-up and added to the story that Brown had to be held back by teammates. At the time, it seemed that the price the Raiders paid was quite cheap for a player of Brown's caliber.

Brown returned to the fold the following day, and he has been engaged in the Raiders preparation for the 2019 regular season. But can the two sides mend fences before then? I would cut him and get out of the Antonio Brown business. "But there's a lot of people involved who have to make that decision".


ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the upcoming suspension on Thursday, but did not specify the number of games Brown would miss.

Brown missed the first part of training camp due to frostbite on his feet from not wearing the proper footwear in a cryotherapy machine, and he then held out from practice as he filed two grievances against the National Football League in an attempt to wear his outdated helmet.

Among the fines listed was for being absent from training camp on August 18, the day Mayock lashed out at Brown and issued an "all-in or all-out" ultimatum to the perplexing former Steeler.


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