ALAMEDA – Raiders head coach Jon Gruden took the podium after Thursday’s practice and tried to cut Antonio Brown questions off at the pass.
Gruden’s trying to get his Raiders ready to play Denver on Monday night, likely without his best player. The Raiders are mulling a suspension after Brown’s dustup with general manager Mike Mayock during Wednesday’s practice.
“I’m not going to get into it,” Gruden said to the first Brown inquiry said. “We’ll have an official announcement later. I’m not going to get into all of it.”
That didn’t stop the surge. The Brown questions kept coming. Such is life when Brown, a superstar in every sense, is on the outs. It has been Gruden’s public life all summer, dealing with Brown’s frostbitten feet and his helmet issues, which reached a conclusion the same day he upset Mayock by posting a letter from the GM issuing fines.
“I’ve been talking about one person every day,” Gruden said. “I don’t have much to give you other than that he’s not here today. When we have an opportunity, to give you more information, we well. Respectfully.”
Gruden got a little testy at times during his press conference, with just two questions that we’re at least tangentially related to Brown’s situation, but he had his reasons. There’s a possibility he’ll lose a superstar just before the season opener, a move he couldn’t have imagined after trading two mid-round NFL draft picks to get him
“I’m emotional about it and I hope you understand why,” Gruden said. “Antonio is a great receiver and I think, deep down, he’s a really good guy. I’m frustrated. I’m not going to say any more about it. I hope it all works out.”