Report: Jon Gruden 'Amused' by 'Awesome' Antonio Brown YouTube Video

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 7, 2019

Oakland Raiders' Antonio Brown smiles before stretching during NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown added a chapter to his eventful preseason Friday evening when he published a YouTube video featuring a conversation between himself and head coach Jon Gruden that focused on his displeasure over how he's been portrayed in the media:

It's unclear whether Gruden knew about the video before it was posted or whether he granted Brown permission to record and publicize the conversation, but the head coach reportedly didn't mind, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

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More on @AB84 You Tube video: Raiders source says Gruden was truly amused by it and even thought it was "awesome." That's all. Next.

Earlier Friday, Gruden publicly supported Brown and said the seven-time Pro Bowler would play the team's home opener against the Denver Broncos on Monday:

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"We're happy to have him back." Coach Gruden briefly addressed Antonio Brown's status on Friday. https://t.co/RHtEuIGSnM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that Brown would be suspended after he got into a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock during practice Wednesday. That didn't happen, but Brown was fined by the team for his actions, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.

That fine was in addition to others for unexcused absences.

Mayock outlined those fines in a letter Brown posted on Instagram with a comment: "WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE'S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR."

The general manager also spoke with the media Aug. 18 and said Brown had to be "all-in or all-out."

Brown was in and out of training camp while he recovered from frostbitten feet and tried to find new headgear after the NFL banned his Schutt Air Advantage helmet. The wideout filed two grievances but lost both.

It looks like Brown will remain the No. 1 wideout on the depth chart when the Raiders host the Broncos on Monday Night Football at 10:20 p.m. ET.