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NFL rumors: Antonio Brown delivers 'emotional apology' to Raiders

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown delivers 'emotional apology' to Raiders

Antonio Brown is a loose cannon, but he is not stupid.

In the wake of the practice altercation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock in which Brown reportedly called the GM a "cracker" and threatened to punch him, Brown reportedly has issued an apology, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported.

The Raiders reportedly plan to suspend Brown in the wake of the altercation. If the Raiders do suspend Brown for conduct detrimental to the team, they could void the remaining $29 million of guaranteed money owed to the receiver and cut him without penalty. 

With the thought of losing $29 million hanging over his head, Brown reportedly thought better of his actions and tried to mend the relationship Friday by offering an apology to his team.

The issue between Brown and Mayock stemmed from two fines the Raiders GM levied against the star for missing practice and a walkthrough while Brown dealt with his frostbitten feet and helmet grievance. Brown didn't like his checkbook being dinged so he apparently sought to take it up with the GM at practice. 

Following the altercation, Brown unfollowed the team and quarterback Derek Carr on Instagram and it appeared his time in Oakland might end before he even stepped foot on a field.

But with the contract he and his agent Drew Rosenhaus negotiated now hanging in the balance, Brown apparently decided to issue a mea culpa in hopes of staying on the team and earning the guaranteed money he fought so hard to secure. 

Brown's had a tumultuous preseason and Rosenhaus pointed to the change in culture as a reason for the antics, saying it's hard to adapt to a new environment immediately and that Brown was working to fix his relationship with the team and settle in. 

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We'll see how far the apology goes, and if he really means to fix what he's broken. 

Raiders assistant tried to convince players Jon Gruden has coronavirus

Raiders assistant tried to convince players Jon Gruden has coronavirus

In the world's worst Michael Scott impression, Raiders assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia recently tried to convince players over Zoom that Jon Gruden has the coronavirus, in an attempt to show how serious this pandemic is. 

"Bisaccia told them, 'Guys, coach Gruden has COVID, and he's at the hospital now and he's being taken care of,' " NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday. "... It wasn't a joke. What it was was the team illustrating to the players that this could happen at any moment, to anybody."

Well, that's one strategy to have right now. This apparent motivational move came just days before Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson actually did test positive for the coronavirus.

"The point to the players was you've got to stay ready, you've got to stay ready," Garafolo said. "... The players really took it to heart from what I've been told, and know going forward that everybody's got to be on the ready because of the world that we are living in right now."

There have been 62 players around the league who officially have opted out this season over concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Three Raiders -- D.J. Killings, Jeremiah Valoaga and Ukeme Eligwe -- have decided to opt out. There's no doubt others had a tough time with their choice as well.

[RELATED: Raiders' Carr has much to prove, tired of being disrespected]

Bisaccia, 60, is entering his 18th season as an NFL coach. This is his third with the Raiders after spending the previous five as a member of the Dallas Cowboys' staff. These are unprecedented times, but the longtime coach missed the mark on this one. Big time. 

The intentions clearly weren't malicious, but that doesn't excuse Bisaccia. Put down the "World's Best Boss" mug and try again. 

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Raiders ready to get creative unleashing Lynn Bowden's electric talent

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Raiders ready to get creative unleashing Lynn Bowden's electric talent

There were very few doubts about Lynn Bowden’s ability with the ball in his hands from anyone who watched him rip through defenses in Youngstown, Ohio.

Once he discovered the motivation to turn those talents into a career, his fate was sealed.

“He’s a young man who has been through a lot,” Kentucky offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Eddie Gran said Tuesday. “When he was growing up, things weren’t all perfect. He’s a young man that’s had to mature and he’s done that. A guy that’s grown and is a great father who loves his child.

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