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Raiders Star Antonio Brown Facing Suspension for Heated Incident with Team GM: Report


Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing a suspension following a heated incident with general manager Mike Mayock, according to multiple reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to break the news, citing league sources.

“The Next Chapter: Antonio Brown and GM Mike Mayock got into it Wednesday, and the team is now planning to suspend its star wide receiver, league sources tell ESPN,” Schefter tweeted Thursday.

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He went on to report that the incident stemmed from a fine letter Brown had received from Mayock.

“In the letter, Mayock informed Brown that he was being fined $13,950 for missing a walk-through on Aug. 22, an unexcused absence. The letter also mentions that the team previously had fined Brown $40,000 for missing camp on Aug. 18,” ESPN noted.

Brown was not happy and posted a picture of the letter to Instagram, writing, “When your own team want to hate but there’s no stopping me now devil is a lie. Everyone got to pay this year so we clear.”

This, in turn, appears to have angered Mayock:

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided more insight into what went down during the exchange between Brown and Mayock.

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The exchange never devolved into an all-out fight, he said, but it got close.

“But after a screaming match, Brown told Mayock that he would hit him in the face and then punted the ball … and said, Fine me for that,” Rapoport tweeted.

If Brown is suspended, there could be far-reaching implications for both him and the team.

“According to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, a player can be suspended a maximum of four weeks for conduct detrimental to the team,” ESPN reported.

If Brown is suspended for Week 1, the Raiders might be off the hook for the roughly $30 million guaranteed in his contract.

If the Raiders try to void the guaranteed portion of his contract, Brown’s time in Oakland would be over, according to Schefter.

The 31-year-old receiver was traded to Oakland in the offseason following a nine-year stint in Pittsburgh.

Last year with the Steelers, he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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