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SportAntonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?

06:00  15 august  2019
06:00  15 august  2019 Source:   sfchronicle.com

At Raiders practice, Antonio Brown’s son asks, “Where’s Roethlisberger?”

At Raiders practice, Antonio Brown’s son asks, “Where’s Roethlisberger?” Thanks to a case of frozen feet, Raiders receiver Antonio Brown hasn’t been at practice much during training camp. On one of the days he participated, he had three young sons present. As revealed in a clip disseminated by HBO from tonight’s debut episode of Hard Knocks, one of Brown’s sons asks his dad an [more]

Brown , the star receiver who joined the Raiders this year, appears to have lost an ongoing dispute about his helmet. The reporter Michael Silver said that at organized team activities in the spring, Brown tried several times to sneak onto the field in an old helmet, even going so far as to have it

— Antonio Brown walked onto the Oakland Raiders practice field in his familiar No. 84 jersey surrounded by cameras and received warm greetings from teammates. “I’m extremely grateful to be here,” Brown said during a short news conference Tuesday. “I’ve been dealing with a lot of adversity.

Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?
Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?
Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?
Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?
Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?
Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?
Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?
Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?
Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?
Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?

The Bay Area sports scene has had its share of rebels, rogues and rascals, but when it comes to jaw-dropping entrances, none of them could carry Antonio Brown’s jock.

Antonio Brown returning to Raiders facility Tuesday

Antonio Brown returning to Raiders facility Tuesday After an arbitrator ruled against Antonio Brown in his helmet grievance, the Raiders wideout said that he was “working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field.” Getting back on the field isn’t going to happen immediately, but Brown will be back around his teammates. PFT has [more]

Raiders News: Jon Gruden Supports Antonio Brown Amidst Feet, Helmet Issues. The Oakland Raiders opened the 2019 preseason with a victory on The Oakland Raiders and Antonio Brown saga continued on Friday, although the most recent report appeared to be a good one as Brown …

Up next What ' s definitely awkward and potentially troublesome about the signing is that it means Burfict will also be reunited with Antonio Brown in Oakland. Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict said Paul Guenther told him he can't hit Antonio Brown on practice field the way he did in AFC North.

Brown is the Raiders’ superstar wide receiver, obtained at bargain-basement cost in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 31-year-old Brown has yet to catch a scrimmage pass or even don a legal helmet, but he has made his presence felt.

• Brown arrived for training camp by coasting down the Napa Valley in a hot-air balloon. At previous camps with the Steelers, he arrived via chauffeured Rolls Royce and by helicopter.

• He immediately went on the list of players with non-football injuries, in this case a nasty case of frostbite of the feet, reportedly from not wearing the proper protective booties in a cryo tank two weeks before camp opened.

• Brown ramped up his war with the NFL over his right to wear an old helmet that doesn’t meet new league safety specs. Reports revealed that Brown tried sneaking his old helmet into play in spring drills, by re-painting it. Thus, football’s first recorded case of a counterfeit helmet.

Raiders’ Jon Gruden: ‘I think we’re all disappointed’ in Antonio Brown's continued absence from practice

Raiders’ Jon Gruden: ‘I think we’re all disappointed’ in Antonio Brown's continued absence from practice New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown started training camp on the non-football injury list. Since being activated, he’s taken part in a pre-practice walk through this past Sunday and the early stages of practice Tuesday. That’s it. Oakland is being tight-lipped about what is ailing the recently acquired Pro Bowler. But in speaking about Brown following Friday’s practice Raiders head coach Jon Gruden seemed a bit frustrated. “I think we’re all disappointed. We think he’s disappointed,” Gruden told the media, via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “We’d like to get the party started. We’d like to get him out here. He’s a big part of the team.

Antonio Brown returns to Raiders , says injured feet are healing. Antonio Brown isn't ready to get back in action just yet as his feet continue to heal, but the Raiders receiver told reporters to "stay tuned." What I'm Hearing: An arbitrator denied Antonio Brown ' s request to wear his own helmet.

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• Midst all the tumult, a report surfaced that in spring practice team meetings, Brown was frequently late, then fiddled with various tablets and smart phones, checking bank accounts and liking Instagram photos.

The Raiders have long cultivated their image as a haven for misfits and colorful characters. That was cool when the screwballs produced great football, but became a tired joke in recent years when the imported misfits and rebels were players who couldn’t or wouldn’t play, flops and frauds, including Randy Moss, JaMarcus Russell and Aldon Smith.

Brown, on the other hand, seems like the real deal. If he’s not the best wide receiver in football, he’s close. He is only 5-foot-10 and 181 pounds, not sizzling fast, but he is always open and always catches balls thrown his way.

He is also a famously hard worker, keeping his chiseled bod at 3 percent body fat, frequently posting his maniacal workouts on Instagram.

NFL will let Antonio Brown keep his helmet model, if he can find a newer one

NFL will let Antonio Brown keep his helmet model, if he can find a newer one The specific helmet Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown brought with him from Pittsburgh and wanted to wear this season in Oakland has been disallowed. 

Ben Roethlisberger was injured midway through the fourth quarter, but Antonio Brown carried the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 9. Here' s what we learned 2. Antonio Brown put together the best game by a wide receiver all season with 17 catches for 284 yards.

After an extended weekend absence, Antonio Brown was back at the Raiders ’ Napa facility Tuesday. He wandered in just after 11 a.m. and a According to reporting last week, Brown tried to get onto the Raiders practice field with his old helmet after having it repainted with a design that nearly matches

Therefore, the Raiders, led by head coach Jon Gruden, have cut Brown about 100 miles of slack. Wednesday, Gruden, who has been either mum or supportive of Brown since camp opened and worms began crawling out of the can, welcomed him.

“It’s great to have him back,” Gruden told the media. “We’ve had a pretty good understanding — in spite of what people think — of what was going to happen. And now we’re ready to get rolling.”

Compare and contrast that to two recent cases.

When superstar linebacker Khalil Mack held out for a new contract a year ago, the super-solid citizen and model teammate was dismissed by Gruden as a non-essential player, and traded for draft picks.

Also last year, when wideout Martavis Bryant had injury issues and missed practice time, Gruden ridiculed him as a “white tiger,” an animal that rarely comes out of his cage at the zoo.

But Antonio Brown?

Welcome home, AB!

A couple Raiders grumbled anonymously. One coach or player told NFL reporter Mike Silver that the helmet saga was “honestly the most insane thing I have ever heard.”

For the most part, the players shrug it off. They realize the league is a performance-oriented drama, and if Brown preforms up to his capabilities, he will be an essential part of what the Raiders hope will be a return to relevance after two decades of suckage.

Antonio Brown “gathering information” about foot situation

Antonio Brown “gathering information” about foot situation The Raiders may not have — wait for it — cold feet yet when it comes to Antonio Brown. But they don’t appear to have any more knowledge of their star wide receiver’s situation than the rest of us at the moment. 

Antonio Brown ' s flamboyant touchdown celebration on Sunday Night Football didn't just hurt him below the belt. On Wednesday, the NFL fined Brown ,576 Wednesday for jumping onto and then straddling the goalpost after he ran back a 71-yard punt return touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers'

Raiders ' Antonio Brown : Lengthy absence not anticipated. After seeing a foot specialist Saturday, Brown is considered day-to-day with a foot injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

So Gruden and team execs, including owner Mark Davis, look the other way when Brown disrespects meetings, works off to the side at practice with his own personal trainer, saunters to the sidelines in mid-practice to play with two of his young sons, seemingly drops out of sight without keeping the team posted of his whereabouts, and probably takes up three parking spaces with his hot-air balloon.

Brown needs a fleet of ’em to carry all his baggage. Thumbnail: Brown was raised in hard times in Florida. His dad left the family early on; his stepfather kicked Antonio out of the house at 16. Brown had to walk on at Central Michigan for college, and was drafted in the sixth round by the Steelers. Since then, no NFL receiver has caught more balls for more yards than Brown.

Also: Brown parted ways acrimoniously with a trainer, a chef and a business partner, and willingly lives his life on Instagram, tirelessly feeding his account with content, AB 24/7.

Brown doesn’t mind the spotlight. His grandstanding agent, Drew Rosenhaus, noted Wednesday that Raiders general manager Mike Mayock has “probably spent more time on the helmet issue than he has on any single issue ...”

Now there’s a point of pride.

Brown left the Steelers by demanding a trade, after clashes with quirky and prickly quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Some believe the Raiders got Brown super-cheap at least in part because the Steelers were limited to few trade partners, fearing Brown would torpedo any trade to a team he didn’t like. Oakland sent a third- and fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft to Pittsburgh for Brown, whose contract will pay him up to $54.125 million over three seasons, with $30 million guaranteed.

Raiders WR Brown shares photo of his nasty foot blisters

Raiders WR Brown shares photo of his nasty foot blisters Antonio Brown made a grand entrance to Oakland Raiders training camp in Napa, Calif., last month, but has yet to deliver.

Earlier this season I took a look at Antonio Brown as he faced off versus Patriots’ cornerback Malcolm Butler. In that match-up, Brown was targeted 13 times collecting nine of them for 133 In a shootout this week against the promising Oakland Raiders , Antonio Brown was targeted a career high 23 times.

raiders .com. Antonio Brown checks in at No. 7 on NFL Network' s Top 100 Players list. Video Credit: SB Nation Things between Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger seemed fine.They had a connection envied by the rest of the league as Brown had t

So really, all the stuff that’s happened the last few weeks should come as no surprise to the Raiders. The big suspense now is, what next?

Will Brown become a massive babysitting burden on Gruden, as Barry Bonds was on Giants’managers Dusty Baker and Felipe Alou?

Or will he bond with Gruden, as Brothers of the Middle Finger. Gruden demands performance, but also loves guys with spunk and swagger. Brown might be Gruden’s link to the old-style Raiders, nutso players who won games.

On “Hard Knocks” Tuesday, Gruden said to backup quarterback Nathan Peterman, “You’re just too nice. Be a little bit more like me. Be a little bit more of a jerk.”

Gruden also told his team, “It’s time for you to stick your foot up somebody’s ass, man.”

Gruden’s words might be Antonio Brown’s cue: Enter, stage left.

Scott Ostler is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @scottostler

Jon Gruden: Antonio Brown ‘all in’ with certified helmet.
Antonio Brown wore a certified helmet Tuesday during Oakland Raiders walk-throughs, and head coach Jon Gruden declared the receiver is now “all in.” Reporters spotted Brown with the helmet after practice, which had been closed to the media. Antonio Brown walking to the locker room with a…well, you see it. pic.twitter.com/3wjVeARvOH — Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) August 20, 2019 Afterward, Gruden confirmed it was a certified helmet and that “he’s all in. Ready to go,” noting he doesn’t think Brown’s feet are an issue any more. Gruden said Antonio Brown used a certified helmet today. “He’s all in. Ready to go.

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