It’s generally understood that if you’re absent from work, especially an unexcused absence, you don’t get paid. However, shockingly, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn’t think those rules should apply to him.
Brown posted a letter he received from Oakland General Manager Mike Mayock to Instagram, in which the team informed him that he was getting fined $13,950 for missing a walk through on August 18th, and $40,000 for missing practice on August 22nd.
In the post, Brown wrote, “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 post was captioned by NFL reporter Albert Breer, who noted that the letter was dated on the same day that Mayock publicly called for Brown to show up to practice.
Also worth noting here, August 18 — the day of the $40K fine — was the day that Raiders GM Mike Mayock publicly called for Antonio Brown to show up for work. pic.twitter.com/STLK7lxBNE
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 4, 2019
On that day, August 18th, Mayock challenged Brown over his dedication to the team.
“So from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in or all out,” Mayock said.
Brown left camp in late July and filed a grievance in which he wanted the NFL to allow him to continue wearing his Schutt AiR Advantage helmet. Brown’s grievance with the league was rejected. After returning to camp with a league-approved helmet, Brown filed another grievance, which he also lost.
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