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Antonio Brown At it Again; Releases Video with Taped Phone Call with Jon Gruden

You’ve got to be kidding me.

After all the drama with wide receiver Antonio Brown, and after Brown put out private communication from GM Mike Mayock, now the wide out has made a video – with a private phone call between he and (it appears) Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

It’s not clear if Brown had permission to record the conversation in the video, or where or when the audio was recorded, but clearly it sounds like a call that Gruden made to the receiver.

“What the hell is going on, man?” Gruden (or someone that sounds like Gruden) says.

After a few seconds, Gruden again speaks – “you’re not a villain. You’re the most misunderstood (expletive) human being in my entire life that I’ve ever met. I mean I brought you here because you’re my favorite guy. I’ve never seen a guy work harder. And I don’t know where you are in your life right now off the field, all I know is you got a lot of things going. There’s a lot of people that have an opinion about you, and whether it be good or bad you’re in the spotlight all the time.”

It’s unreal that Brown at this point would do this based on the fact that the team reportedly is going to now play him on Monday night against Denver.

The saga is only getting more and more bizarre. In other words – stay tuned.

Breaking: Raiders to Suspend WR Antonio Brown After Blowup with GM Mike Mayock

The Raiders probably regret their investment into Antonio Brown already, given that the team is “planning to suspend” their star wide receiver before the season even begins after he got into some kind of incident/altercation/heated argument with GM Mike Mayock.

Raiders Release Veteran Running Back Doug Martin

The Raiders announced Sunday they are releasing running back Doug Martin according to NFL Network.

Martin came back to the Raiders this offseason after rushing for 723 yards while averaging 4.2 yards per carry in Oakland.

The veteran back came back to Oakland after Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles, inking at the time a one-year deal worth $1.02 million.

This preseason saw Martin get just two carries for 1 yard.

Second Grievance Hearing for Antonio Brown Concludes; Decision Soon

Antonio Brown’s second grievance hearing regarding his helmet has been heard, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Brown’s latest grievance concluded and the independent arbitrator — the same one as the previous hearing — indicated he’d have a decision next week, per a source informed of the situation.

Brown, who had his first helmet grievance denied by an arbitrator on Aug. 12, argued in his second go-around that he should be provided the same right as other players in terms of having a one-year grace period to phase out using his helmet. He is claiming the NFL is arbitrarily applying its rules.

The 31-year-old receiver has not played in a preseason tilt with the Oakland Raiders while dealing with the helmet issue and a foot injury.

Sneak Peek of Episode Three of “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Raiders”

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders gives an unfiltered all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League.

The 14th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy Award winning series follows head coach Jon Gruden leading a mix of established veterans, free-agent additions and highly regarded rookie hopefuls throughout the training camp and the preseason. Catch new episodes Tuesdays at 10PM.

Here’s a peek at tonight’s third episode

Unhappy Raiders WR Antonio Brown Returns to Practice

Raiders wide out Antonio Brown has returned to the team one day after team GM Mike Mayock issued a public ultimatum according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com.

Brown reportedly participated in practice at training camp on Monday for the first time since starting his fight with the NFL over his helmet issue.

Brown plans to continue his fight to keep his helmet but will comply with the league’s standards for now. Brown seems like a longshot to play in the Raiders’ third preseason game, but this puts him on track for Week 1.

Brown Leaves Raiders Camp Yet Again; and GM Mayock is Not Happy About It

The Raiders were left looking around yet again for Antonio Brown Sunday after he left camp, and this time his General Manager is speaking out – and he doesn’t sound happy.

Mike Mayock said Sunday that Brown’s leaving camp Sunday was once again due to being denied use of his helmet, and Mayock said that it’s ‘put up or shut up’ time for Brown.

“You all know that AB is not here today, right?” Mayock said Sunday afternoon.

“So, here’s the bottom line — he’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that, we appreciate that. But at this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief.

“So, from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all-in or all-out, OK? So, we’re hoping he’s back soon. We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails, we are really excited about where this franchise is going and we hope AB’s going to be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions, OK? Just wanted you guys to know where we were. Fair?”

Mayock is in the right to be ticked off, as Brown not being at camp for most of the summer is getting old, and the club is getting tired (already) of his act.

Brown had the cryotherapy accident back in July that landed him on the non-football injury list, and also is throwing a fit because he can’t wear his Schutt Air Advantage helmet, no longer certified by the league.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden spoke about the helmet fiasco briefly after the Arizona preseason game Saturday, and he too sounds like he’s grown tired of the saga.

“I’m not talking about it anymore,” Gruden said.

“It was a legal, certified helmet, you know? Somebody approved it, or he wouldn’t have worn it.”

Antonio Brown Finally Back at Practice for the Raiders; Will He Play Week One?

There’s been so much noise about the long-anticipated return of Antonio Brown to Raiders training camp, that finally on Tuesday it took place with all eyes to see.

Brown was the biggest offseason pickup of the Raiders, and using a Parx sportsbook promo code you can see now how the odds for the AFC West squad have gone in a different direction with Brown on the field.

The receiver had all eyes on him as he made an appearance on the practice field in Napa. He had been gone after getting his feet frozen in a cryotherapy booth in which he said he wore the wrong footwear.

“(I’m feeling) a lot better,” Brown said.

“Working towards 100 percent. It’s been a process with the feet. Any time you got a lot of blisters, it’s hard to change direction, cut and run and be able to do what I do naturally.”

Then as if it couldn’t get any stranger, the story with Brown took another twist as he filed a grievance against the NFL late last week in hopes of being able to wear the same helmet he wore in his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There was report Friday that Brown was threatening retirement if the league didn’t allow him to wear said helmet.

Brown lost the case against the NFL on Tuesday, and instead of staying away any longer finally came out and said he would relent and wear the proper helmet.

“They have to certify it and do all the procedures,” Brown said Tuesday, when asked about his helmet search. “But we’re working with the NFL to make sure we’re following all the procedures to be out there in the right equipment.”

Add in another wrinkle, that being Browns’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The super agent told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his team had “located helmets that have been manufactured within the past 10 years” and were working to get them cleared.

The questions about Brown and his commitment to playing and being a good solider remain, but for now the other big question is if he will able to be on the field for week one when the Raiders take on the Denver Broncos on Monday night football.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden sounded confident that the seven-time Pro Bowler would be able to go Week one against Denver.

“Oh yeah. Yep,” was Gruden’s response when asked if the wide out would be able to play in that first game.

We shall see.