Antonio Brown won’t be punished after calling Mike Mayock a ‘cracker’ during heated spat

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown will avoid a suspension after he reportedly apologized to his teammates following an ugly argument with general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday.

“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.

She reported earlier on Friday Brown was the one who initiated the argument with Mayock after the receiver was fined for skipping a practice and walk-through. According to Anderson, Brown called Mayock a “cracker” and “unleashed a barrage of cuss words during the altercation.”

Head coach Jon Gruden said during practice Friday that Brown, who missed Thurday’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.”

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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoportreported Thursday the fight wasn’t physical, but there were threats of violence.

“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.

Rapoport reported Friday morning that despite the initial reports that the Raiders planned to suspend Brown for the incident, the receiver could play against the Denver Broncos Monday night.

“Here is a sense of how quickly things are changing in Oakland: Yesterday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden told people AB was not in their plans for Monday,” Rapoport tweeted. “Now, I hear… there is a real chance he not only does not get suspended but actually plays. Wild times.”

Brown was reportedly restrained by teammate Vontaze Burfict during the altercation with Mayock, and also was heard yelling at a strength and condition coach.

You can read more reported details from the spat here.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email: | Twitter:@_ericting

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