Antonio Brown might be the biggest hothead in all of sports, demonstrating acts of irrational behavior frequently. Just when you think cooler heads prevailed, Brown creates more havoc.
At first, it was his cryotherapy chamber where his feet were frostbitten and then it was the whole ordeal with his helmet. Now it’s something else.
Antonio Brown will probably never suit up as a Raider for this childish reason.
Who is the biggest prima donna in all of sports? Depending on who you talk to some of the names at the top of the list are LeBron James, Chris Paul, Odell Beckham Jr. and maybe the biggest diva of all is Antonio Brown. Brown is in the upper stratosphere right alongside Terrell Owens as the self-righteous American athletes of all time.
It all began a couple years ago when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs and headed to New England to take on the Patriots in the AFC title game.
Brown was in the locker room post-game while head coach Mike Tomlin was addressing the team when the former Steelers player live-recorded it on social media. Ultimately, the team fined him $10,000. A year later, after not showing up for practice due to disputes between Brown and Ben Roethlisberger, the team benched him for his absence.
In the offseason, Raiders traded a 3rd and 5th round pick for the stud receiver where it looked like he was in a good situation and ready to tear up the turf in Oakland. But not so fast. First, it was his feet and then it was his helmet.
Earlier this week, Brown allegedly got into a physical altercation with Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock. The pro-bowler posted on Instagram a letter from the Raiders fining him for skipping two practices, which totaled to be north of $50,000. Chump change for Brown.
Nevertheless, he whined about it on social media and that is allegedly what led to an altercation between the two. At first, it was reported that players had to hold the two back from each other but allegedly it was Vontaze Burfict (of all people) who had to hold Brown back from him.
Ian Rapoport tweeted, “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.”
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
The Raiders are looking into what is being reported as a significant suspension for Brown that could be anywhere between a series and four games.
On the incident, Raiders head coach said, “If you want to ask about the Raiders, I’ve been talking about the same guy every day. I don’t have much to give other than he’s not here today … We’re still getting to the bottom of everything. I’m on the football field coaching the guys that are here and we got a lot of guys working hard.”
The good news for the Raiders is that they can get out of their guaranteed contract with Brown due to the Conduct Detrimental to the Team clause, which basically states that all of the contract is void if he shows a continuous faulty conduct. Over the last two months that is undeniably the case.
Antonio Brown’s career in Oakland could already be over.