Mike Mayock makes brief statement about Antonio Brown situation
Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock made a brief statement to on Thursday to address the developing Antonio Brown situation, and it appears the organization intend to play things close to the vest in the immediate future.
Mayock appeared in front of a gaggle of reporters to essentially state that Brown is not in the building and that the team will relay additional information when available and appropriate.
GM Mike Mayock issued a brief statement today regarding WR Antonio Brown: https://t.co/KlPSPv9Kzw pic.twitter.com/JKHskpmVjN— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 5, 2019
“Antonio Brown is not in the building today,” Mayock said. “He’s not going to be practicing. I don’t have any more information. When we do, I’ll get it to you. That’s it for today.”
The Raiders reportedly are set to suspend Brown for conduct detrimental to the team amid the fallout from a confrontation between the wide receiver and Mayock. From the initial reporting on the purported incident, the situation nearly spiraled completely out of control.
#Raiders WR Antonio Brown and GM Mike Mayock got into it earlier this week, and it got ugly. Mayock clearly frustrated with AB posting his fine letter on Instagram. And now, a suspension for conduct detrimental could mean losing $30M in guaranteed money.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2019
Antonio Brown was unhappy about being fined and had an exchange with #Raiders general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday. He was held back by a couple of teammates, sources said, and is now facing a team suspension.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 5, 2019
More on #Raiders WR Antonio Brown and Mike Mayock yesterday: It did not get physical, sources say. But after a screaming match, Brown told Mayock that he would hit him in the face and then punted the ball… and said, Fine me for that.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2019
One of the players holding Antonio Brown back from the near-altercation with GM Mike Mayock was … Vontaze Burfict.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 5, 2019
When none other than Vontaze Burfict is called upon to play the role of peacemaker and defuse a situation, well, that about sums up the ugliness of the situation.
It remains to be seen how everything shakes out amid the ongoing Brown drama, which has been essentially playing out since the mercurial wide receiver joined the Raiders.
While it is expected that Brown at the very least will not be in uniform for Monday night’s season-opening game against the Denver Broncos, the wideout’s future with the Raiders could very well be in serious jeopardy.