Raiders imposed fines against Antonio Brown, and enforced them

AP

It’s one thing for a team to inform a player of a fine. It’s another thing for the team to actually enforce the fine.

In the case of the $53,950 in fines imposed by the Raiders on receiver Antonio Brown, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the fines were enforced.

As former Raiders CEO Amy Trask has noted on Twitter, teams often issue the letter without collecting the money in order to reserve their rights regarding potential future discipline. The Raiders apparently weren’t simply reserving their rights.

The $40,000 fine applied to Brown’s exit from camp on August 18, a day after learning that the NFL would not allow him to wear the helmet model of his choosing, a Schutt AiR Advantage, even if he could find one less than 10 years old. That’s the same day G.M. Mike Mayock, who signed the fine letter, stated publicly that it’s time for Brown to be “all out or all in.”

Although Brown returned the next day, he missed a walkthrough practice on August 22, the day of a preseason game in Canada. It’s unclear why Brown skipped the practice, since he had made the trip from Oakland to Winnipeg with the team. The Raiders fined him $13,950 for that infraction.

Regardless, Brown now has $53,950 less than he previously did, for missing a day of training camp and missing a walkthrough practice.

The fact that the Raiders collected on the amount explains his strong public reaction. It also suggests that a good-cop, bad-cop dynamic lingers in Oakland, with coach Jon Gruden keeping the player happy and Mayock keeping him in line.

Or at least trying to.

13 responses to “Raiders imposed fines against Antonio Brown, and enforced them

  1. It’s unclear why Brown skipped the practice, since he had made the trip from Oakland to Winnipeg with the team.
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    Hey, how often does he get to Winnipeg? He was seeing the sights.

  2. When small children throw the toys out of the pram, it’s the adults that have to lay down the law. This 31 year old man child asked to be treated like a kid.

  3. Earlier in the offseason I thought AB was being a jerk Diva.
    Now I’m really beginning to doubt his sanity.
    He wasn’t like this several years ago.
    He actually seems to be mentally ill and I’m not kidding.

  4. Good. Something tells me the Raiders are already tired of his act. This is going to get interesting. Wait until Gruden goes full Chucky on him on the sidelines. AB will probably cry and wet his pants.

  5. Read Jon Gruden’s comments on why he chose to deactivate star Bucs WR Keyshawn Johnson in the prime of his career for the entire season.

    “Mandatory workouts missed, football related team functions missed” were the reasons given by Jon Gruden himself as to why he deactivated Keyshawn for the season. Gruden wanted and “loved Keyshawn the player”, Gruden traded for him. But that still didn’t stop Gruden from sitting Key for the year. The same goes for AB with Gruden.

    This isn’t a good cop bad cop game being played out. There is a line AB can cross that there will be no coming back from with Gruden. As Gruden’s history has shown previously with one star WR already.

  6. As divisive as TO was towards the teams he played for which probably cost him being a first ballot HOF’er, I cannot recall him ever not showing up to play or practice unless he was ordered to stay away. Unless AB experiences his moment of clarity, I don’t see him getting into the HOF.

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