Antonio Brown is catching a tremendous amount of slander on Twitter after it’s come out that the Oakland Raiders not only fined him $215,000 but also voiding $30 million in guaranteed money. The 31-year-old wide receiver, who just demanded the team release him from his contract, got his wish after reports went out that the team cut him.
Trying to make sense of all this will be a little lengthy, so walk slow with us. Brown, who endured some of this media attention as a reported headache for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was fined the 215 large after allegedly getting into a dispute with Raiders GM Mike Mayock and allegedly threatening to punch the man. Brown was said to be upset that the team fined him $15,000 for missing practice.
Brown then spoke with ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington, sharing in an email his side of the story and said that the team took away his guarantees, saying to Darlington, “no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week.”
To add to the madness, Brown released a video on YouTube that features what appears to be a private phone conversation between him and Raiders coach Jon Gruden while also taking to social media demanding to be released from the team. It’s been a lot going on over the past 24 hours.
The reaction from NFL Twitter has been momentous, and even Brown’s former coach Mike Tomlin of the Steelers became fodder for discussion and drew praise for putting up with the player. We’ve got all the chatter for your perusal below.
everyone: no way Antonio Brown plays for any team after this— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) September 7, 2019
an NFL coach somewhere:pic.twitter.com/v84HfSbNvC
Antonio Brown Friday vs Antonio Brown Saturday pic.twitter.com/2LAmAeP2JE— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 7, 2019
Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin watching the whole Antonio Brown/Raiders situation crumble like— 🤙🏽 Bobby 🤙🏽 (@BobNotR0b) September 7, 2019
Antonio Brown: "Release me."— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) September 7, 2019
The city of Pittsburgh: pic.twitter.com/hG91HAhdid
Mike Mayock after voiding Antonio Brown’s guaranteed bag pic.twitter.com/Wt5wUtcEsC— aaron (@_aaronsummers) September 7, 2019
The team didn’t take away Antonio Brown’s guarantees. Antonio Brown took away Antonio Brown’s guarantees. It’s really as simple as that. https://t.co/yks3FrBLN0— Daniel Dopp (@DanielDopp) September 7, 2019
Texting a AFC scout on if Antonio Brown will get another job if released by Oakland:— Master (@MasterTes) September 7, 2019
“Shiiiiiit. He can get a job. Maybe not at that number, but he can get a job.
The thing that people are missing is that owners love AB. He sells. Positively/Negatively - he makes them money.”
Raiders trying to add Antonio Brown to their roster for MNF pic.twitter.com/iPd6OvPhlP— Ced (@cedfunches) September 7, 2019
I can’t believe Antonio Brown said this: pic.twitter.com/4BVdWhMHeX— CoachTube.com (@thecoachtube) September 7, 2019
Remember, Antonio Brown is like the weather; it changes by the hour. By this afternoon he could be Raiders team captain.— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) September 7, 2019
Bill Belichick rolling up to sign Antonio brown for the minimum pic.twitter.com/3zDrfJP5Rk— kyle/Free agent nba fan (@knicks_tape99) September 7, 2019
NFL remains the ratings king but this Antonio Brown stuff is like a 6 or a 7 on the NBA drama meter. I'm not even sure this is crazier than what Jimmy Butler did to get out of Minnesota.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) September 7, 2019
I want AB to play on a diffrent team every week im addicted to the Antonio Brown news cycle— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) September 7, 2019