Jon Gruden will decide Antonio Brown's fate with the Oakland Raiders, and the team captains will support whatever choice the coach makes.
David Carr, brother of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, appeared on NFL Network on Thursday night and offered insight into the thinking within Oakland's locker room.
"They've gone to bat for this guy with the helmet, missing practices, through all that, Jon Gruden, Derek [Carr], they like Antonio Brown, they want him to be part of this team," David Carr said. "But then you do things that are irrational, and we sit up here and try to explain irrational moves and actions that he does, it's almost impossible to do.
"And so you find yourself in a position as a player, as a team, you go in, as the captains did today, and talk to Jon Gruden and say whatever you decide to do, because it was so bad, because of what happened to Mike Mayock, what happened on the field, they are fine with whatever they decide. The players are fine with whatever happens.
“They would love to have Antonio Brown back. They would love to have him back, but there's a culture they are trying to establish in Oakland, and they are trying to do things the right way, and there's one guy that's kind of holding them up right now, and that can't be the case. Those guys collectively went in to Jon Gruden and said, 'We're with you, no matter what you decide to do.' “
Early Thursday, reports surfaced stating that Brown threatened to hit Mayock the previous day during an altercation surrounding fines levied by the Raiders. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the team planned to suspend the All-Pro wide receiver for his actions, though no such suspension has been handed down yet.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Raiders are planning not to have Brown for their 2019 season opener against the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, went on NFL Network and stated that he’s attempting to fix things between his client and the Raiders.
“My objective is to get things worked out between Antonio and the Raiders so he can fulfill his contract and do what they brought him in to do,” Rosenhaus said. “I don’t think it’s too late to salvage that relationship. That’s what we’re working on.”
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Rosenhaus' intervention might be the reason behind the delay in the Raiders announcing their decision on Brown.