Over the weekend, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock had finally had enough and issued a stern warning to Antonio Brown after the superstar wide receiver left training camp frustrated over not being allowed to wear the helmet he wants.
The first-year GM made it clear that Brown is “all-in or all-out” because the team had exhausted all avenues in terms of trying to get him the preferred Schutt Air Advantage helmet that he wants, only to find several and have it fail a safety test.
“Antonio Brown is not here today, and here’s the bottom line: He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that. We appreciate that. We have, at this point, exhausted all avenues of relief. From our perspective, it’s time for him to be all-in or all-out.
“We’re hoping he is back soon. We have 89 guys busting their tails. 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.”
This is what he had to say in response to Mike Mayock:
“We have worked very closely with the Raiders, and will continue to work very closely with the Raiders,” Rosenhaus said. “I’m not sure we agree that we’ve exhausted all the options, as Mike Mayock said, but there’s no doubt it’s still an ongoing process. We are trying to work with the team and the league and the union on a solution. We haven’t figured that out yet.
“To say that AB is upset about the decision to not let him wear his helmet is accurate, but we’re still processing it and figuring it out. I wouldn’t make too much about him not being there today, as much as we’re still trying to come up with a solution that works for everyone.”
Raiders are scheduled to leave Wednesday to play a Thursday preseason game against the Green Bay Packers in Winnipeg, Canada.
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