Hard Knocks: Jon Gruden told Antonio Brown he handled everything “seamlessly”


Hard Knocks addressed Antonio Brown‘s feet last week. It ended the second episode with a “to be continued” tease to Brown’s helmet issue.

Hard Knocks wasted little time in getting to Brown on Tuesday, setting up the helmet issue only three minutes into the hour-long reality series before cutting to coach Jon Gruden talking privately about his star receiver.

“We’ve known the whole time,” Gruden said. “He had frostbite. He took four or five days to get checked out, and we knew about the [helmet] grievance since the first day of OTAs, which we did. I don’t know what the story — what the f— the story is around here.

“He’s tried everything, really. I give the guy credit for standing up for what he believes in. Everybody else does it in this country.”

Much of the rest of the episode centered around Brown’s feet and his helmet issue. The trailer for the show, released Tuesday morning, provided most of of the best stuff from Brown.

Gruden’s public support of Brown was backed by his private support of Brown on Hard Knocks.

More than once he questioned why it was “such a big story.”

At one point, Gruden even joked with Brown, telling him, “You can use my helmet, man.”

Wearing a new helmet, Brown complained to teammates about his “new lid being ugly as f—” as he continually adjusted it.

Through everything, Gruden has showed unwavering support of Brown, which Brown acknowledged late in the episode.

“Thanks for supporting me, coach,” Brown said. “My f—ing head, my feet. People after me. You’ve been a constant supporter.”

Gruden told Brown he was behind him, and that Brown could talk to him about any problem.

“I know you’ve got a lot of people in your ear, because you’re like a corporation that’s kind of gone global,” Gruden told Brown. “At the end of the day, let’s keep this s— simple. Football comes first. Everybody else is f—ing way behind. You know what I’m saying? You’ve handled all that seamlessly, beautifully.”

Brown laughed.

“Seamlessly. I think that word,” he said. “That’s a great word. Seamlessly. I’ll look that up.”

Gruden replies, “Three syllables. They don’t have those at Dayton [where Gruden went to school] or Central Michigan [where Brown went to school].”

In something of a good-cop, bad-cop routine, General Manager Mike Mayock was shown speaking to reporters Sunday, telling them that it was time for Brown to be “all in or all out” after Brown left camp again.

The episode ends with Brown returning to work Monday. Whether he stays or not is to be continued as Brown has filed another grievance.

16 responses to “Hard Knocks: Jon Gruden told Antonio Brown he handled everything “seamlessly”

  1. Standing up for what he believes in…the corporation told all employees that a piece of equipment was no longer viable. Everyone else complied except one…and he still wound up using a compliant one. This here folks is a supposed adult male in the United States who damaged his body in a cryo machine and went on a tantrum about new safety gear. But he’s standing up for his belief in a helmet. Fantastic.

  2. “Seamlessly. I’ll look that up.”

    Pathetic. Giving $50 million to people like this instead of investing it in education, science and technology is why the rest of the world is catching up to us so fast.

  3. Gru’s steadfast support of AB could really, really pay off in the long run. A lot of players really do need a coach (often a position coach) to take them under their wing.

    And the Raiders have a long history of successful reclamation projects.

    Gru’s steadfast support of AB could also be a really, really, huge detriment to his maturity and his contract could ultimately hang around our neck like an albatross for another 2 years.

  4. Oh yeah. Seamlessly. Like a real pro. A picture perfect way to handle the issue.

    I am being sarcastic. It’s another three syllable word for AB to look up.

    The guy was sitting out camp over the issue. Threatens to retire. Was communicating poorly with the team, if at all. Gruden says they knew about this the whole time and were cool with it? That’s not what he was saying just last week. Sounds like they’re trying to shove the toothpaste back into the tube.

  5. Hahahahahaha. I see what you did there Jon !! Trying to save face for wasting picks and trading for this major headache!! Good luck.

  6. Raiders Baby Raider Nation.. I just love my team ..we are going to shock the NFL world ! Playoffs here we come !You heard it from me first

  7. That’s not Hard Knocks, you saw an episode of Diva Coddling. Spoiler alert, it don’t end well

  8. AB is still the best STATS don’t lie ahahahaha!!! I can still taste those salty tears in Pittsburgh as they go 6-10.

    Love how Gruden is handling this, AB going to ball out for him when the season starts, believe that!!!

  9. Wow…and I thought Bears and Browns fans were delusional.

    The Raiders wont win 5 games this year.

  10. Lost in all the Steelers jealousy for AB is a great clip from Frank Caliendo impersonating Jon Gruden.

    Great stuff.

  11. Steelers’ fans are going to be so sad when this guy sends the Raiders to the playoffs while Little Ben and his D-list receivers are attending a pity party for themselves.

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