Antonio Brown's helmet holdout was a costly one and the Raiders wide receiver isn't hiding his beef over it.
The Raiders signed Brown to a big extension this offseason but it's pretty clear they are already sick of the antics that surround him. Brown wanted to wear his old helmet, which is no longer on the NFL's approved list, and reportedly threatened to quit if he couldn't.
The NFL regular season kicks off this week - the Raiders play the Broncos on Monday Night Football - and ya gotta wonder how this new drama will affect him on the field.
Mayock's note opened cordially enough with a "Dear Antonio" salutation, then quickly got down to business. Your absence from practice was unexcused.
The Raiders did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Brown's post. Accordingly, you are hereby fined $13,950 pursuant to Article 42, Section 1 (a)(viii) of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Raiders' Club Discipline Schedule.
Brown's extended holdout led Mayock to declare on August 18 that it was "time for him to be all-in or all-out" for the 2019 season.
"Please be advised that should you continue to miss mandatory team activities, including practices and games, the Raiders reserve the right to impose additional remedies. including, but not limited to, additional fines and discipline for engaging in Conduct Detrimental to the Club", the undated letter states. Brown missed all of the preseason with a combination of frostbitten feet and helmet issues. They at least want him to get in line.