Mayock: Antonio Brown not practicing Thursday, no word on suspension

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Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock held one of the shortest press conferences in memory on Thursday.

After word broke of an altercation between Mayock and wide receiver Antonio Brown during Wednesday’s practice that led to plans to suspend the wideout, Mayock met with reporters from the Raiders facility to give a very brief update.

“Short and sweet, Antonio Brown is not in the building today,” Mayock said. “He won’t be practicing. I don’t have any more information for you right now. When I have some and it becomes appropriate, you guys will all get it but that’s it for today.”

Head coach Jon Gruden is scheduled to meet with the media later on Thursday, although Mayock’s comments suggest the team may not be making any announcement about discipline. Any answers he gives about the situation would be interesting given his place in the team’s hierarchy and the potential need for him to choose a side between the wideout and the G.M.

As reported on PFT, a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team would void the $29 million-plus in guaranteed money remaining on Brown’s contract.

Brown reportedly threatened to punch Mayock in the face during a dispute over Brown’s decision to post on social media about the team fining him for missing a practice and a walkthrough last month.

80 responses to “Mayock: Antonio Brown not practicing Thursday, no word on suspension

  1. What a sideshow act that franchise is.

    Is there a more perfect place for the Raiders than being in the middle of the desert being reduced to a sideshow act to attract gamblers.

  2. That may be the most expensive punch in the face threat of all time. AB is a clown. He obviously knows nothing about respecting the people he works for. If he’s not careful, he will be Kaepernicked.

  3. Really starting to wonder if AB has serious mental health issues….like Brandon Marshall a few years ago. I’m also wondering if the guy ever plays a down in the NFL again. What franchise would want this?

  4. By your own words, you are assuming that a conduct detrimental suspension voids the guarantees. But if it’s true that the max suspension is capped a 4 weeks, I doubt that such a suspension would void anything. Do you think Brown would ever suit up after 4 weeks? How could that ever work.

  5. How a GM and coach not stand up to this action is hard to get. Brown went to Oakland with all this selfish actions and he has done nothing to improve this image since he was signed. Now more negative press and actions on Brown’s part and if he slides it is another example of why the NFL is becoming less in less in fans eyes. The self entitled pompous players take away from the quality players. Brown continues to use not respected in every confrontation, his actions deserve little respect

  6. IMO this is on Mayock. Why? Because he is the one who went out of his way to go get AB.. this isn’t a rookie or someone that people didn’t know about. It was the same as picking up Burfict. It was 50 50 with these guys that they would hold it together. He appears to have won on Burfict so it make since that he loses on AB.. but no one but Mayock made this happen.

  7. If Gruden comes out and in any way indicates that he is taking Browns side in this, then he needs to go too.

  8. I like Mike Mayock and I think he can be a good GM but if this was an undrafted free agent he would have been cut from the team 2 months ago. See how much Bill Belicheck would have put up with this.

  9. Cut him, so we can see which franchise is willing to let the circus come to town. It’s indisputable that Brown is talented, and even “some” theatrics are expected; he is a WR after all. Still, there’s a certain point you have to put your foot down, and I think it’s safe to say that point is now. So now the Raiders have a choice, do they truly want to rebuild as a respectable franchise and set an example to the rest of the roster, or do they want to let things fly for the sake of “just winning”.

  10. Brown is a petulant child in a mans body. He needs to be punished for his behavior or it’s only going to get worse from here.

  11. My popcorn supply is getting low and the season hasn’t even started. Good job, AB!

  12. Mayock should sue AB for threatening him and ask for $30 million in damages.
    After all, AB is a multi-millionaire so he can afford it.
    I wonder how happy AB’s wife is about his public tantrums.

  13. As a Raider fan, Mark Davis is absolutely the one to blame here. You don’t hire a coach, give them free reign of everything and make the coach above the GM. The optics are terrible, because if they do what Gruden has been doing (enabling Brown), when the GM tries to enforce any rules it won’t carry any water since the guy above him is his buddy.

  14. Raiders are such a horribly run team that they let this guy get away with so much crap this preseason. You have a GM who was hired from NFL Network and a head coach who his last go around in Tampa was clueless as to how to build his own team after dismantling Dungy’s team, players criticized him and his influence on their SB win. Now there are reports they might not even suspend him. If you watched Hard Knocks, Gruden was joking with him, didn’t seem to give a damn about what he did. Send a message, suspend him. Of course releasing him is something I doubt they do and despite his childish behavior someone will pick him up because he is too talented to not have a job.

  15. Yeah, let me try to punch my manager, so I can get suspended and not earn millions of dollars playing a game.

    -Said no one ever…

  16. csral44 says:
    September 5, 2019 at 2:39 pm
    See how much Bill Belicheck would have put up with this.
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    He is putting up with Josh Gordon…who has been suspended more than any player in NFL history, suspended already once since NE got him. Gordon has major drinking issues and drug issues. Brown is a saint compared the the stuff Gordon has done to and cost his teams.

  17. In 35 years of watching football I’ve never seen a player act this bad

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    Has AB done something worse than beating a woman? Just wondering. Who hasn’t thought they would like to punch their boss in the face? He actually just did it. I will wait for AB to actually do something significant off the field before I put him in the worst I have ever seen category.

  18. Hollywood’s best couldn’t write this script !!!! What a sh*t show !!!!
    If Mayock and the organization has any grapefruits at all, they’ll suspend this diva and send him packing.
    What are they gonna do if some other knot head decides to act the same way ?
    Set the standard and try to salvage what’s left of the lockeroom.

  19. Tyreek Hill’s issues with his baby momma and recorded calls with her landing him in deep doodoo seem trivial now. How can anyone ever come to side with Antonio Brown over this? Bye Felecia!

  20. AB is the ONLY person to blame here.
    The Raiders franchise, owner, GM, and HC have NO blame whatsoever in this.
    AB is a pompous and pampered player who craves attention and support from the media and he gets it from them. That only serves to feed his warped ego.
    AB punched Mayock.
    AB should pay the consequences no matter what they are and how severe they are.
    If AB loses $30 million, then the blame is on him (AB) because AB CHOSE to punch Mayock.
    Let AB suffer the consequences, maybe he’ll learn some humility after this.

  21. In other words, Gruden didn’t take too kindly to Mike Mayock suspending his best offensive weapon just days before the start of the season.

  22. “This is hilarious. As a Steeler fan, I’m in my glory.”

    I can see it now Sunday night. Pats and Steelers captains walk out for coin toss. One of the Pats captains looks over and says “Antonio Brown” and both sets of captains break into uncontrolled laughter.

  23. Seriously, this dude has a problem. I mean some kind of authority figure problem or something else. They need to drop him before the season starts and let him get the help he needs on his own since he evidently does not to cooperate. I’m sure Rosenhaus does not agree with his actions either.

  24. Jason Harshman says:
    September 5, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    He is putting up with Josh Gordon…who has been suspended more than any player in NFL history, suspended already once since NE got him. Gordon has major drinking issues and drug issues. Brown is a saint compared the the stuff Gordon has done to and cost his teams.

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    Dumb comment. Gordon is battling addiction, while Brown is just a selfish, narcissistic jerk with no excuse. By all reports, Gordon is a good guy and has been a good teammate. But apparently people struggling with addictions can’t also be good people, in your book.

  25. You reap what you sow when the team philosophy is “just win baby.”

    Maybe it needs to be taken into consideration with whom you’re trying to win with.

  26. buffalosunshine says:
    September 5, 2019 at 2:38 pm
    IMO this is on Mayock. Why? Because he is the one who went out of his way to go get AB.. this isn’t a rookie or someone that people didn’t know about. It was the same as picking up Burfict. It was 50 50 with these guys that they would hold it together. He appears to have won on Burfict so it make since that he loses on AB.. but no one but Mayock made this happen.

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    Or, Mark Davis told him to for Vegas hype. I am not sold on Mayock, a BB guy, would do the opposite of what BB would do here.

    Smells like a situation where the owner wants something, meddles, and then the owner can’t figure out why his team blows.

  27. AB has turned into nothing more than a circus sideshow. What world does he live in? I can’t even imagine what is going on in his head but it’s not what any normal person thinks. Maybe T.O. is telling him to do these things. Yeah, we know how that worked out.

    Threatening to punch your GM and being held back takes this to an entirely new level. Will Oakland use this to void the contract and get rid of him? It wouldn’t surprise me if they do. After all, AB has done nothing but be a pain in the backside in his short time with the Raiders. It also wouldn’t surprise me if they suspend him for the longest time possible then get rid of him. Oh sure, some team will pick him up but only if they want a royal headache. Hardy, Owens and Jeff George all wore out their welcome with teams to the point nobody wanted to deal with them. AB could be joining that group soon.

    Stay tuned…

  28. I think Vontaze Burfict’s hit on AB a few years ago has caused his erratic behavior. He might be showing signs of CTE. Get rid of this dude while you can.

  29. I can hear the conversation now between Gruden and Mayock…

    Gruden: Hey Mike…the pressure to win is huge. We are moving to Vegas. We have a chance to be special. This team is incredible. We NEED Antonio Brown to get over the hump man. We CAN’T suspend him. If you’re with me..knock on wood.

    Mayock: *Stares blankly*. Slowly knocks wood on the desk.

  30. I thought it was all Bens and Tomlins fault….I mean all the Pats experts said so….so you know its got to be true….just kidding everyone knows they are just airbags overflowing.

  31. Sooo… when this fiasco is over, Mayock gets to go right back to his job as an “expert ” is that how it works?

  32. Even Pete Carroll couldn’t save this prima donna. I was tempted to start calling him TO v2 but I don’t think TO was ever this bad. At least TO worked his arse off, took care of himself and put his team first. This joker thinks….well heck, he doesn’t think and I guess that’s the root of the problem.

  33. I know what Belichick and Kraft would do. Then again, it wouldn’t happen there. No jokes here, from an organizational perspective, if there is a way to jettison AB and move on, the Raiders need to do it. Its not even funny any more.

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