It has now been over a year since the Raiders made that blockbuster trade for Antonio Brown and they regret every moment of it right now. He was supposed to be the centerpiece of the offense, but instead, he turned into a headache and never hit the field for the franchise for a single game.
The incident that sealed his fate with the team was when he got in a heated altercation with general manager Mike Mayock and reportedly called him a racial slur.
Many of the players on the team remained quiet about what happened on that day, but defensive end Clelin Ferrell decided to give some insight about the fight on a recent appearance on ESPN.
“I was just kind of thrown off by it,” Ferrell said on ESPN’s First Take. “Obviously, you see the stuff in the media but when Antonio was in the locker room, he was the chillest dude. I had never really seen that side of either of them, so I was just kind of caught off guard, and was like, ‘Woah! What’s going on here?’ They had a really good relationship. Obviously, the three of them — Antonio, Mike and coach Gruden — they always had a good relationship. I was just kind of caught off guard, but grown men gonna be grown men and have disputes sometimes.”
Brown seemed to be a fine teammate, but would explode at times if he didn’t get his way.
“When you feel like you got Antonio Brown at his best, the sky would have been the limit for us offensively,” Ferrell said. “Just been a guy who is top five in receiving yards and touchdowns every single year. Would have did his thing. When all the different stuff happened with everything going on, that was tough on us. As a team, we just want to be quiet.
“Especially with ‘Hard Knocks,’ there was already so much attention and to have all this other stuff added in, it was kind of tough on us. But I feel like, at the end of the day, we just want the best for him because he did go through a lot, so no matter the disarray or dysfunction he has caused, you just want to see him get back to who he was.”
Brown will be 32 when the season starts and it remains to be seen if any team will want to take a chance on him.