Antonio Brown records phone call with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden

The Antonio Brown saga took another strange turn on Friday when the Oakland Raiders’ star receiver released a video on YouTube and Instagram that apparently included audio of a phone call with head coach Jon Gruden.

In the video, Gruden asks Brown directly: “Do you want to be a Raider or not,” after telling Brown that he’s the “most misunderstood f—ing human being in my entire life I’ve ever met.”

Brown responds that he’s “been trying to be a Raider since day one,” then turns the question around, asking Gruden, “Do you guys want me to be a Raider?”

Gruden then pleads with the enigmatic Brown: “Please stop this s— and just play football.”

It’s not clear when the phone call between Brown and Gruden took place, or whether Gruden knew he was being recorded, but it is apparent that Brown is trying to shake his “bad guy” status.

“With all these false narratives antagonizing me, it’s time for me to control my own narrative. Show the world I’m not the bad guy,” Brown wrote in the video’s caption.

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Brown released the video, titled “THIS IS MY LIFE. AIN’T NO MORE GAMES,” on the same day that he avoided a suspension after reportedly apologizing to teammates following a heated argument with general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday.

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“Antonio Brown just issued ‘an emotional apology’ at a team meeting this morning, just now, ‘with team captains standing with him,'” ESPN’s Josina Anderson‘s tweeted Friday morning.

Gruden said during practice Friday that Brown, who missed Thursday’s practice, was back at the team facility and would play against the Denver Broncos Monday night.

“We’re ready to move on,” Gruden said. “He’s obviously had a lot of time to think about things.”

Matthew Tom is a Homepage Editor at SFGATE. Email: mtom@sfgate.com.

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