Antonio Brown denies using word “cracker”

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Raiders receiver Antonio Brown delivered a statement Friday that said nothing of substance. He said more to Dianna Russini of ESPN afterward.

The star receiver denied a report he called Mike Mayock a “cracker” during their Wednesday altercation over Brown’s decision to post a fine letter from the General Manager. Brown told Russini he would “never use that word.”

“Everything has been blown out of proportion,” Brown told Russini. “I spoke with Mike Mayock one-on-one, man-to-man.”

Brown also said he was “better.”

He will play Monday after delivering an emotional apology to teammates Friday morning. It will mark Brown’s debut with the Raiders after arriving in an offseason trade with the Steelers.

It’s doubtful, though, that we have heard the last of this story.

101 responses to “Antonio Brown denies using word “cracker”

  1. Little by little this story keeps changing and getting swept under the rug. One thing is for sure, past behavior is a great predictor for future actions. It won’t be long until we see more nonsense from the AB camp.

  2. Jon Gruden & Antonio Brown are perfectly suited for each other in 2 respects: (1) they are both clown acts (2) they are adept at telling lies with ease.

  3. He just played the Mayock, Gruden and the front office and they are too dumb to realize it. How would you feel if you were Mayock and there were no consequences for AB’s actions? How can you have any sort of self-respect from any of the players after what AB did to him?

  4. Everyone there misheard what Brown was saying. He actually said that Mayock was a great “tackler,” referring to Mayock’s days as a safety in the 80’s. Just a big misunderstanding.

  5. By allowing this fool to play Monday night, they’re setting a wonderful example for the rest of the team. Do whatever you want guys, it’s ok.

  6. If the Raiders keep AB, they will have sold their soul for the potential of a win or two. A WR has never been the reason for a teams’ long term success.

  7. You all know who is the orchestrating genius behind how everything has played out, do you not? Drew Rosenhaus. The guy has been burning up phones, playing damage control, and somehow gotten AB’s crazy self to line up long enough to get his cut off of that guaranteed $$$.

  8. The Raiders are idiots plains and simple ,,this is not really AB it’s the Raiders at this point !

  9. smutch says:
    September 6, 2019 at 3:56 pm
    You think he’s sorry now, wait until he realizes Derek Carr is his QB!

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    AB will be begging to be back with Ben by Halloween

  10. Brown is a head case and the Raiders should have cut bait, but are we really going to pretend like we’re suddenly offended by the word cracker? The last thing the world needs is yet another word that sparks mock outrage. There are obviously some hateful words that should not be said. This isn’t one of them.

  11. They had (still have) a way to not guarentee his salary. If they let him off the hook they WILL regret it. It’s been incident after incident with him since he signed. Trust me, there will more. Meanwhile all is rainbows and unicorns in Pittsburgh.

  12. It is amazing, and at the same time very sad, what a given talent will allow someone to say, do and/or get away with. On second thought, I’ll just stick with sad – very sad.

  13. No one can toe tap the sideline with the artistic expression of the great Antonio Brown. Paul Warfield and Lynn Swann were pure poetry in motion no doubt but Mr. Big Chest is on another level. 111 rec. 1517 yards 17 TD’s. Just be you A.B.

  14. Gruden got the broom out and swept it all nice and tidy under the rug ,it was probably the best Cracker said that he’s ever heard I mean wow did you hear that ….Clown!

  15. Love all the haters on here who are wholly clueless. This AB drama will bring the NFL and the Raiders more viewership and therefore more $$$$$$. They are all laughing at you and your incredulity while you will tune in to watch the drama and cause them to all get more ad revenue. Set your hate for AB aside and realize you’ve been played. The NFL, the Raiders and Brown all thank you for continually focusing on them and driving up their values.

  16. I used to like Jon Gruden but I have zero respect for him now. Gruden, obviously, pulled a power play to keep Mayock from suspending him and stop payment on that signing bonus check. Are we to believe a player who lies constantly over a respected Mike Mayock that AB didn’t call him a cracker and threaten physical violence? No one with a real job would get away doing this to their boss and remain employed. Mayock needs to get out of this train wreck of an organization.
    Meanwhile, on the Cleveland front, OBJ reports he has a boo boo. Doesn’t any sane person see a pattern here?

  17. Some how some way this all has to be Bill Belichick & the Patriots fault…. I mean EVERYTHING ELSE is already their fault you know!!??!!
    The Raiders & AB…..MISERY TRULY DOES LOVE COMPANY I guess…..Enjoy the train wreck….. GOD knows we are!!!!!

  18. The rules in the CBA specifically say the NFL must suspend him. This may be another case of Goodell looking the other way in hopes of Oakland being full throttle in case they play NE in the postseason.

    Absolutely unreal.

    Goodell chooses his own rules ans when to apply them. If Edelman threatened to physically harm BB and it was witnessed by the team, there would be a suspension.

  19. NFL/WWF The fans and the media are eating it up. This stuff $ELL$. If they lose to the Broncos Mayock will be suplexed in practice next week.

  20. What would happen if Mayock used a Racial slur against Brown ill tell u…not only would he be out of a job but he’d probably never be able to work again!!!Reverse Racism at its Finest

  21. If Mike Mayock comes out and says that AB didn’t use the word Cracker then I’ll believe it. I will not believe what AB says.

  22. Well you know what this means. Let’s analyze this to death and outline league punishment scenarios and the court of public twitter opinion

  23. I think the word was “slacker,” as in “You think I’m lazy? You lazy. Get out my face Slacker!”. You see? Total misunderstanding. Stand by for Kumbaya…

  24. This is all TOO MUCH! If he said this, he is totally out of pocket!!! And if he did not, whoever’s responsible for reporting this is just as out of pocket. But, in the scheme of things, A.B. should have never have let himself place HIMSELF into being portrayed as having said this. Common sense is not always common.

  25. This spoiled football player has always gotten his way. There’s something wrong with him in the head and he’s a man-child.

    He did what he had to do when faced with potentially losing $29 million – he played the game by playing his GM, coach and team mates.

    This guy is unstable and he’s one small problem (in his mind) away from a total meltdown. And when that happens (WHEN not IF), he’ll walk away with $29 million of the Raiders’ money laughing all the way to crazy town.

  26. Brown….truly a ‘one-man-circus’. There is no room for the clowns in this cluster, and we all know who these ‘clowns’ are. Gruden, Mayock, Burfict, and the rest of the so-called team are now little more than spectators, thanks to the lack of any semblance of a backbone by team management. Brown now is calling the shots and he knows it. Stand by for the next chapter of the Gruden soap opera.

  27. And O.J is still out looking for the real killer or killers….

    As a Raiders fan I am glad AB’s playing on Monday night. I just wanna beat Denver. And now Carr doesn’t have any excuses for playing bad or refusing to throw passes further than 3 yards…

    Carr is the one who should be on notice. Play well or you will be gone next season…

  28. September 6, 2019 at 4:45 pm
    What would happen if Mayock used a Racial slur against Brown ill tell u…not only would he be out of a job but he’d probably never be able to work again!!!Reverse Racism at its Finest
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    Reverse Racism??
    When people of color are passing legislation to declare crack, instead of opiods, a health crisis…and we force you to move to Flint Michigan. You might have a case.

  29. The same people that don’t believe players when they accuse fans of doing the same thing, are 100% sure this happened and want it to be true So bad. Absolutely amazing and not surprising into he least bit

  30. Anyone who believes Anfonio thumbs down. You know he said it because he’s drawn that type of thing like a gun in prior instances. BR had an “owner mentality”, and you can bet your bottom dollar Brown wasn’t referencing a team owner.

  31. People thinking Rodger gonna step in and suspend AB are delusional.
    Rodger ain’t got the stones cuz he’d be labeled a racist.
    Plus he hates Son of Al.

  32. Everyone knows unnamed sources never lie. Just like the scouts getting the axe. The Raiders hate and stories seem to be endless. Gruden to Mayock to Brown…whew

  33. For the word “cracker” to be linked to AB is really all we need to know he actually said it. This guy is a cancer and this team will rue the day they didn’t get rid of him cost free.

  34. Someone has to pick #1 in the draft next year…its a great setup…AB and GRUDEN and Mayock keep playing one against the other…they tank..AND WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS with the #1 PICK OF THE DRAFT!. ITS PERFECT.

  35. It seems racism only flows one way. Sad but this is the current state of things. Surprised (not) that the snowflakes aren’t out in force decrying this injustice. Ha, I make myself laugh. :p

  36. If the Raiders succeed, Gruden will have done so despite Brown. If they fail, Gruden will have done so because of Brown. Which is why he is being kept, as Gruden’s excuse one way or the other.

  37. I’m sure that AB is contrite and has learned a valuable lesson on how to engage in a proper discourse with his employer and this incident will not be repeated. Antonio is a professional and will put the focus on the team and leave the selfish behavior behind.

    And instead, he’ll come up with new and never seen before behavioral abnormalities that will keep the 5-11 Raiders in the news as they move towards their Vegas next year. And if we are lucky, we’ll get a pretty sweet 30 for 30 in the next 5 years on the career of Antonio Brown.

  38. Isn’t it racist to even accuse a black player of using a racial slur against a white person?
    I’ve always been told that blacks are not and cannot be racist.
    Surely this is the case with AB…[sarcasm alert]
    AB is as racist as they come, he is exposed and should forever more be labeled as a racist.

  39. The Raiders WILL regret this day – mark my words. They could’ve suspended him and pursued the avenue of ZERO money guaranteed and admitted they lost the 3rd and 5th round picks and moved on as a cohesive unit. But stupidity reigns with some franchises and I guarantee we will be talking about how he’s been given the boot at some point soon AFTER they paid him 30 million. Unreal.

  40. If had been reversed the league would’ve insisted on Mayock’s firing before the Raiders had done so themselves. So disgusting. Goodell is such a spineless weasel, as is Gruden. Say goodbye to millions of more fans NFL. One day they’ll wonder where everybody went and stupidly wonder why.

  41. I’m so tired of this double standard of racism the word cracker is a racist word towards white people you can’t even call a person of color boy without being a racist and I agree with the guy who posted if a white person would have done this they would be out of a job and blackballed for life it’s ridiculous…. And furthermore that apology was about the most Insincere Pathetic I’ve ever seen in my life..

  42. Wasn’t there an eagles player that hurled racist words and was basically crucified by the public? Both were said out of hate.

  43. It wouldent surprise me if Mayock resigned. He actually has grounds to sue and get his full salary due to a hostile workplace. I mean the guy was threatened and called a racial slur, open and shut case.

  44. I seem to remember a certain Eagle player getting an extension for using a racial slur…AND it was on video.

    Stop over-exaggerating by saying a white person would be “ruined for life”.

  45. Mayock had just returned from a restaurant where he snagged a two pack of saltines. When AB and Mayock got into a shouting match, Mayock pulled the crackers out of his shirt pocket mid argument and proceeded to chomp down on them. That’s when AB yelled “Stop eating those CRACKERS Mayock, I’m trying to talk to you!”

  46. Robert Zak says:
    September 6, 2019 at 4:18 pm
    What might the headlines be if Mayock used a racial slur against Brown ?
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    Raiders GM fired for racist slur! NFL goes on massive apology tour trying to save brand.

  47. D8scussed with it all. Note mayock has Been in hiding since this became racial.they had no clue how to deal with this. Going to suspend? What the heck was that other then a signal to browns agent, better come up with something to save us.

  48. cjs3434 says:
    September 6, 2019 at 6:20 pm
    I’m so tired of this double standard of racism the word cracker is a racist word towards white people you can’t even call a person of color boy without being a racist and I agree with the guy who posted if a white person would have done this they would be out of a job and blackballed for life it’s ridiculous…. And furthermore that apology was about the most Insincere Pathetic I’ve ever seen in my life..
    ___________________________________________________
    so tired huh?
    that’s because you and like minded people like you why championed racial slurs think its racist. Actually its you dumbing down real racism because it benefits you to do so. The fact is systemic racism is alive and well. The type of racism that really does damage and negatively impacts lives.

    #stopdumbingdown

  49. kissbillsrings says:
    September 6, 2019 at 4:34 pm
    Some how some way this all has to be Bill Belichick & the Patriots fault…. I mean EVERYTHING ELSE is already their fault you know!!??!!
    The Raiders & AB…..MISERY TRULY DOES LOVE COMPANY I guess…..Enjoy the train wreck….. GOD knows we are!!!!!
    ————
    Ah yes. The Patriots fan has shown up in the comments to say things like “Bill” and “Patriots” and let us know they’re all victims just in case this story wasn’t about them.

  50. The PREMIER Pro football website and 8 out of the top 10 stories are all about a single player instead of the league AND #10 is about the Opening Night game, the start to the 100th season of the league.

    The NFL is ruined. Thanks, AB, I hope you are proud. This is more about you instead of the entire league.

  51. Words it could’ve been misunderstood for: bracker, dracker, fracker, racker, tracker – doubtful.
    Or the word wasn’t said at all – questionable.
    Chance that a star player will play monday night because he “apologized” – probable.

  52. If it’s a caucasian guy using an african american slang it’s all out.. But when an african american it’s ok, it’s a joke. double standards. And how on earth is black lives matter a thing? It’s so racist it’s disgusting! Double standards!

  53. AB sounds like Jake from The Blues Brothers: “I ran out of gas! I got a flat tire! I didn’t have change for cab fare! I lost my tux at the cleaners! I locked my keys in the car! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!”

  54. However I will admit to being a fan of the band Cracker back in the day. Low is was a great 90s alt rock song.

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