ALAMEDA -- No matter the development in Antonio Brown's life, Raiders coach Jon Gruden has delivered his edict: Ask the New England Patriots.
On Tuesday, Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a lawsuit in Florida accusing Brown of rape. In total, the lawsuit claims Brown sexually assaulted Taylor three times.
The Raiders released Brown on Saturday at his request, and Gruden made it clear he was done talking about No. 84 after the Raiders' 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
But the question about whether or not the Raiders were aware of the coming lawsuit was thrown Gruden's way Wednesday after practice, and his answer was simple. Ring up the folks at 1 Patriot Place if you want to talk about Antonio Brown.
"I'm not aware of any more questions," Gruden said. "If you want to ask about him, you can call his employer."
Gruden obviously hopes that will close the messy but brief Brown era in Oakland, one that was filled with frostbitten feet, helmet grievances, YouTube videos with taped phone calls and a dust-up with general manager Mike Mayock.
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Brown is the Patriots' problem now. To quote Gruden after the Raiders' win over the Broncos: "Good luck to them."
Maxx Crosby is a little lighter in the wallet.
And for a fourth-round draft pick, that's a big deal.
The Raiders rookie was fined $21,056 by the NFL for a hit on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes last Sunday, a source told NBC Sports California's Scott Bair.
“The (penalty) was tough," Crosby said Sunday. "I was just trying to make a play. I’m not really sure how to avoid something like that.”
Crosby jumped up in an attempt to block Mahomes' pass and fell on the reigning MVP with all his weight. The referees didn't care and called Crosby for roughing the passer.
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Considering Crosby's 2019 base salary is $495,000, a fine of $21,000 is no laughing matter for the No. 106 draft pick.
Crosby appeared on 29 of the Raiders' 68 defensive snaps against Mahomes and the Chiefs. The Eastern Michigan product recorded two total tackles.
For a team moving its operations to Nevada in the next few years, the oddsmakers are not exactly kind to the
Las Vegas Oakland Raiders.
The spread in Sunday’s game is the third-largest around the league, as people seem to expect the Minnesota Vikings to roll Jon Gruden and the Raiders in Week 3.
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Caesars: MIN -8.5 (-110)
Consensus: MIN -8.5 (-111)
Westgate: MIN -8.5 (-110)
Wynn: MIN -8.5 (-110)
Here’s how NFL writers around the country see the matchup shaking out:
Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Raiders 23, Vikings 21
Courtney Cronin, ESPN: Vikings 28, Raiders 17
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Vikings 24, Raiders 17
Michael David Smith, ProFootballTalk: Vikings 24, Raiders 17
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk: Vikings 27, Raiders 17
Tadd Haislop, SportingNews: Vikings 24, Raiders 17