Antonio Brown Leaves Raiders, Receives Ultimatum From GM

Ross Houston
August 19, 2019

The Oakland Raiders' Antonio Brown was absent from practice Sunday, and general manager Mike Mayock sounded fed up with the star wideout. We appreciate that. But at this point, we've pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So, we're hoping he's back soon. We got 89 guys busting their tails.

Imagine being in Mayock's position and having to deal with this stuff non-stop. "End of story. No questions". Brown was away from the team for the majority of camp because of his desire to use his old helmet model that is no longer legal in the NFL. Mike Mayock was not scheduled for a press conference today, but he made sure to meet with the media to make a statement. But he still wore out his welcome with the Steelers after leaving the team before a crucial Week 17 game last season and was able to be acquired by Oakland in March for the small price of third- and fifth-round draft picks.

He left camp for two weeks seeking therapy for the feet, which included laser treatments. Brown's Schutt Air Advantage helmet is no longer allowed because the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) rule that helmets 10 years or older can not be recertified.

He returned to Napa on Tuesday and traveled with the team to Arizona for Thursday night's exhibition and ran routes and caught passes in pregame warm-ups.

His quest to use a preferred Schutt Air Advantage helmet hit a snag on Saturday - it failed an NFL test, per Pro Football Talk - and he left camp in frustration.

The Raiders were supposed to break camp Monday but ended a day early. I'm healthy. I love to play the game. Any time you're able to have that kind of talent on the field, he's going to draw the attention of defensive coordinators and players.

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