Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown sat out the Raiders’ practice on Sunday, General Manager Mike Mayock said as he issued Brown an ultimatum about his participation on the team.
Multiple outlets are reporting that Brown was not present for the Raiders’ practice today. Mayock told reporters that Brown is still upset about not being able to use his preferred helmet after losing an arbitration hearing with the NFL. That’s when he told the media that he wants Brown to decide whether he’s “all in or all out.”
“Here’s the bottom line: He’s upset about the helmet issue,” Mayock said to reporters, including the San Francisco Chronicle’s Matt Kawahara. “We have supported that. We appreciate that. But at this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So, from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in or all out.
“We’re hoping he’s back soon. We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails. We are really excited about where this franchise is going, and we hope A.B.’s going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions. OK? Just wanted you guys to know where we were.”
Brown and the NFL clashed over whether he could wear a Schutt Air Advantage helmet, which is more than 10 years old and not allowed by the NFL. The Chronicle reported that Brown was looking for a newer version of the same helmet that he originally wanted to wear, but Pro Football Talk reported on Saturday that the NFL did not intend on allowing him to use a version he found from 2011.
Brown tweeted out that story on Saturday along with the words “Super Prejudice unbelievable!”
The former Pro Bowl wide receiver has already missed two weeks of Raiders training camp while allowing his feet to heal from frostbite.
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