Watch Antonio Brown's Video of Recorded Jon Gruden Call Amid Raiders Drama

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2019

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden, left, and wide receiver Antonio Brown listen to questions from the media during an NFL football news conference, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Amid never-ending drama in the Bay Area, Oakland Raiders star Antonio Brown has posted a video in order to "control [his] own narrative."

The video includes a recorded conversation with head coach Jon Gruden, who asks the wideout to "please stop this s--t and just play football." (Warning: Video contains profanity.)

"I'm more than a football player, man," Brown responded. "I'm a real person. It ain't about the football. I know I can do that. I show you guys that on the daily."

The seven-time Pro Bowler has been the story of the offseason after forcing his way out of Pittsburgh and landing a new three-year, $50.1 million deal following his trade to Oakland.

And that was just the start of what has been an unusual offseason, to say the least.

The 31-year-old missed time during training camp and the preseason after he suffered extreme frostbite when he didn't wear proper footwear in a cryotherapy machine. He was then locked in a prolonged battle with the league as he sought to continue to wear his preferred helmet, which is no longer approved under NFL rules.

After having two grievances denied, Brown found a new helmet and even came out of the matter with an endorsement deal, which he called the "most calculated move by far."

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Brown found himself facing suspension after he had a heated exchange with general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, a matter that stemmed from the receiver being fined by the team and subsequently posting the fine letter on social media:

There was speculation that the Raiders were looking to suspend Brown in order to eventually void the $30.1 million guaranteed and release him. Ultimately, though, Oakland did not suspend him after he apologized to the team Friday, per ESPN's Josina Anderson. He was fined for the exchange with Mayock, though, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.

In the video, Gruden asks the outspoken star if he wants to be a Raider.

"Man, I've been trying to be a Raider since Day 1," Brown said. "... I don't know why it's a question of me being a Raider. It's like, do you guys want me to be a Raider?"

Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated raised an interesting fact:

Will Brinson of CBS Sports also threw out some thoughts on the situation:

But according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, there are no issues here:

Oakland's season does not kick off until Monday night against the Denver Broncos

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