Raiders plan to suspend AB after altercation


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Antonio Brown. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Antonio Brown hasn't taken a snap for the Raiders yet — and now it looks like he won't in Week 1, either.

Per Adam Schefter, Brown and Raiders GM Mike Mayock "got into it" Wednesday, and the Raiders are planning to suspend their three-year, $50.1 million investment.

Why did Brown and Mayock "get into it," you might ask. It wasn't the frostbitten feet. It wasn't the helmet nonsense. It wasn't Brown's generally bizarre posts across social media.

It was Brown posting a picture of a recent fine — complete with commentary — to Instagram, Schefter reported, adding that "This is not going away anytime soon."

Ian Rapoport had a little more:

Annnnnnd you're going to love this little nugget too:

Speaking with the press Thursday, Mayock briefly addressed the situation, saying Brown was not at practice and essentially shutting down the matter from further speculation:

Mayock and the Raiders specifically warned Brown, too, with Mayock saying back on Aug. 18 that the organization needed Brown to be "all in or all out." That day turned out to be more prophetic than initially planned.

Let's run back Mayock's full quote:

“Here’s the bottom line,” Mayock began. “He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that. We appreciate that … 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."

Brown recently got a new helmet that suits him – a Xenith Shadow – and he even swung an endorsement deal out of it. But here's what Mayock followed with to make things extra juicy:

“We got 89 guys busting their tails," he said. "We are really excited about where this franchise is going, and we hope AB is going to be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions. OK?”

Whoops. Sounds like that whole "starting Week 1 against Denver" thing isn't happening now.

The bigger question now becomes: Will Brown ever play a snap for a Raiders? Or again in his NFL career? Will he just pack it up and leave?

I mean, there's also this:

Albert Breer undoubtedly meant the Raiders, not the Steelers there, but the point stands. If that guaranteed money goes away, then what?

Forced to bet on the situation, I'd wager this pending suspension is just the beginning of something much, much bigger.

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