Published: Mon, August 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Raiders GM Mike Mayock losing patience with Antonio Brown's antics

Raiders GM Mike Mayock losing patience with Antonio Brown's antics

"Y'all know that AB is not here today, right?" "So, here's the bottom line".

According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the NFL and the NFL Player's Association worked together to resolve the issue with Brown's helmet. We have supported that. We appreciate that. We have, at this point, exhausted all avenues of relief.

"We're hoping he is back soon". We've got 89 guys out here busting their tails. And we hope AB's going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver. "End of story, no questions". His old helmet is no longer approved for National Football League use, and when Brown used social media to find a newer version of his favored model - the Schutt AiR Advantage - it failed National Football League testing.

Just 24 hours after participating in the Raiders' walkthrough, the wide receiver did not attend Oakland's workout in Napa, California.

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The 31-year-old had seemed intent on taking advantage of that loophole, asking the public if anyone could provide him a helmet to wear. Per his report, they agreed to test Brown's helmet at a lab to see if it would hold up the same as other helmets.

The Raiders have seemed as supportive as they can be while Brown has done everything he can to push the National Football League into letting him use his helmet. Mayock told a group of beat reporters as practice began Sunday afternoon. If Brown's camp could find a Schutt Air Advantage helmet less than 10 years old, they could re-condition it and get it re-certified.

And while the Raiders are expected to practice Sunday and Monday before breaking camp and playing a "home" preseason game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers, few, if any, starters will play on the artificial turf. Between the helmet saga and Brown's ugly frostbite issues, the star receiver's first year in Oakland is off to a brutal start and he's not doing himself many favors to win over his new club.

"That's the mental game we're going to have to play, me and Coach Gruden. but it's nice to have him and I can play it like a real game and where I'd go and what I'd do".

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