Report: Antonio Brown got advice from social media consultants to speed up release

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There was a method to Antonio Brown‘s social media madness over the last few days.

As previously reported on PFT, the letter from Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock informing Brown he’d been fined for missing practices was the impetus for the wideout to seek his release from the team and he reportedly didn’t work alone when it came time to force his way out of Oakland.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Brown sought advice from social media consultants about how to find his way to free agency. That effort began with posting the letter from Mayock on Instagram Wednesday, which touched off an argument that led to reports that the Raiders planned to suspend Brown.

Brown didn’t get suspended and apologized on Friday, but was back on social media that night to post a video that featured a taped conversation between him and Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. After the Raiders fined him and moved to void guarantees in his contract on Saturday, Brown went back on social media to ask for his release and it was granted a short time later.

Now Brown is a member of the Patriots and one imagines that he won’t need a consultant to tell him that Bill Belichick would prefer he curtail his social media habits while on the New England roster.

29 responses to “Report: Antonio Brown got advice from social media consultants to speed up release

  1. This will help the Raiders in the upcoming court case over the guaranteed money in AB’s contract. This sure looks like conduct detrimental to the Raiders team.

  2. Oh no not Mort. Mort of the 11 footballs 2 psi low fame. Guess old habits are hard to break. Keep hating and starting those brush fires.

  3. Wouldn’t ever be the overplayed “tampering” if any other team picked up Brown.
    I don’t even like the Patriots, but they are by far the smartest organization in the NFL and it’s not even close. Jealousy is envy and that shows throughout these comments on the daily.
    That being said, I don’t see AB making it the entire season in NE.

  4. Have to admire Brown. The man is no fool. Didn’t want to play for Oakland and initiated a targeted campaign to get released. He ended up where he really wanted to go, didn’t he? Of course there will be 11 million accusations the Patriots “tampered” or something but you can bet your backside Belichick is no fool and kept himself and the Pats away from anything that could be construed as illegal. He made no statements during the Brown fiasco in Oakland, did not contact Brown or Rosenhaus, and just waited to see how things played out. All you Patriot haters can choke on your poached eggs this morning.

    I’m betting the minute Brown was released, Rosenhaus was flooded with inquiries from other teams about AB’s availability. With the exception of Oakland and Pittsburgh, is there any other team that wouldn’t have been improved with the addition of Brown? I think not. No doubt in my mind that both Cleveland and Baltimore were on the phone to Rosenhaus immediately after Brown’s release was announced.

  5. He will not make it through the year. how come he’s not been suspended for using mean words. Can’t wait to watch him get in fights with BB and Brady.

  6. AB is setting a bad standard for players who want to change teams while under contract. The league needs to step in and suspend this clown. Can’t fault the Patriots for this. AB manipulated the Steelers into a trade and then manipulated the Raiders to release him.

  7. Considering the reliability of the source, I’m inclined to view this with a healthy dose of skepticism.

  8. billswillnevermove says:
    September 8, 2019 at 11:10 am
    Tampering, period.

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    By who? Brown? It’s not tampering when a player engineers his own release. That is, unless you can somehow prove that the Pats managed to entice him with less than 1/3 of the guaranteed money he would have made in Oakland.

  9. “This will help the Raiders in the upcoming court case over the guaranteed money in AB’s contract. This sure looks like conduct detrimental to the Raiders team.”

    Dude what are you talking about? What court case? The Raiders never paid AB a dime. Then chose to release him instead of sending the 5 day letter and suspending him for the season.

    He owes them fines of something like 200k they can chase but the league can pull that from his Pats paychecks. Teams can’t sue a player for conduct detrimental, they can only suspend him and withhold the pay for that period. Court case that’s hilarious.

  10. PersonaNonGrata says:
    September 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Considering the reliability of the source, I’m inclined to view this with a healthy dose of skepticism.
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    It is possible “Mort” is reporting the truth, there is a first time for almost everything.

  11. well the NFL may need to step in and suspend him a game or two…. AB violated California state law in secretly recording conversations without the Raider’s consent.

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