Antonio Brown publicly rips Raiders for fining him over missed practices
Antonio Brown has already made headlines for the wrong reasons on multiple occasions since the Oakland Raiders acquired him in a trade, and that apparently is not going to stop with the regular season just days from kicking off.
Brown missed multiple mandatory workouts with the Raiders this offseason due to his infamous helmet dispute with the NFL, and the team fined him for not being present. On Wednesday, Brown shared a photo of the letter informing him of the fines on his Instagram story and criticized the Raiders over it.
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“When your own team want to hate but there’s no stopping me now devil is a lie. Everyone got to pay this year so we clear,” Brown wrote.
Brown also tagged the Raiders official Instagram page in the post.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has maintained publicly that he is happy to have Brown with the team and insists the star receiver has not become a distraction. At the very least, the latter portion of that is impossible to believe. Brown refused to practice on multiple occasions because the NFL wouldn’t let him wear a helmet that is no longer certified by safety standards, and the issue dominated the news cycle in Oakland for weeks. He also recently rekindled his feud with Ben Roethlisberger for seemingly no reason.
Brown is clearly focused mainly on himself as the 2019 season approaches. Time will tell if that has a negative impact on his performance or the performance of those around him.