Brandt: How Much Of Antonio Brown's Antics Is A Surprise?

LISTEN: NFL Columnist Poses Question For Raiders Head Coach, GM

Taz and the Moose
September 05, 2019 - 1:21 pm
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) looks on during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at State Farm Stadium

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Antonio Brown has yet to play a game for the Oakland Raiders, and likely won't see the field following his latest antic.

On Wednesday, Brown posted a photo of a letter from the Raiders on social media. The letter from general manager Mike Mayock detailed a team-issued fine to the wide receiver, and Brown had no issue voicing his displeasure with the team. He tagged the Raiders in the post, saying "when your own team want to hate but there's no stopping me now ... Everyone got to pay this year so we clear."

Andrew Brandt of The MMQB spoke with Taz & The Moose Thursday morning to discuss the upcoming NFL season. It wasn't long before the subject of Brown came up and whether or not Brandt was surprised by AB's latest actions this early into the season. 

"Yeah, of course," Brandt said. "Listen, we haven't even seen him on the field. But I guess a question for Mayock and [Raiders head coach Jon> Gruden is how much of this is a surprise? Because there is no one listening that doesn't know Antonio Brown was, not only is, a diva. So Mayock and Gruden knew it. So how much of this is a surprise?"

On Thursday afternoon, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders are planning to suspend Brown, not revealing the length of the potential suspension. Brown and Mayock reportedly came to an exchange due to the letter being made public. Brown has already been fined upwards of $50,000 dollars since being traded to Oakland in March. 

The 31-year-old tallied 1,297 receiving yards last season, ranked 11th in the NFL. He's consistently been among the league's top wide receivers, so are the Raiders in the wrong with their continued discipline of their star player and top offseason acquisition?

"You know my saying, 'greater talent equals greater tolerance.' How much tolerance quotient do they have out there? Brandt asked. "We've seen some good cop, bad cop with Gruden and Mayock. You know, on that fine yesterday they had to do that. I don't agree with anyone that says you don't do that to your star player. But of course you do that because you're protecting your rights if things go south which that guy's combustible. So you have to do that."

Click below to listen to Brandt's interview in its entirety.