Antonio Brown Recorded Jon Gruden With Consent

It seems that Antonio Brown‘s pseudo-commerical – featuring sound bites of a phone conversation with Jon Gruden – was part of his social media campaign to push the Raiders for his release. It was speculated that Brown recorded Gruden without his consent, which would open the wide receiver up to legal consequences and NFL discipline. 

Apparently, that’s not the case. The producer of the video tells ESPN’s Dan LeBatard that Gruden approved the use of their conversation (Twitter link).

This would help to explain why Gruden reportedly thought the video was “awesome,” though Brown was released hours after its release. Apparently, this was not the straw that broke the camel’s back, probably because there were many other straws that infuriated the Raiders far more.

Brown, the newest member of the Patriots (somehow), has himself a one-year deal worth up to $15MM, plus a 2020 club option that could be worth $20MM. Here’s the Year One breakdown, per Rapoport (Twitter link): $9MM signing bonus ($5MM paid now, $4MM later), $1MM base pay, $500K in46-man roster bonuses, and “Not Likely To Be Earned” incentives of $1.5MM for each of the following: 105 catches, 1,298 yards, 16 TDs.

Given Brown’s ability and past production, those benchmarks are far from “not likely.” However, for cap purposes, they are designated as NLTBEs.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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13 comments on “Antonio Brown Recorded Jon Gruden With Consent

  1. Banesays

    You mean Gruden did something smart for once? Allowing him to record the convo, G had to know that’d be enough “detrimental conduct” on that recording to let Oakland void the guarantees.

    • Polish Hammer

      Giving Gruden too much credit, he’s just the ultimate fluff master always kissing everyone’s tail.

  2. RootedInOakland

    He also mentioned that AB threatening to punch Mayock and calling him a cracker was all not true which I believe (AB’s wife is white fwiw), tired of these “respected” journalists running with bad info. Feel like every source is at least a couple times removed from the actual witnesses, like a game of telephone

  3. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    If he acts crazy enough in Foxboro, maybe the Cowboys will give him $20 million after he’s released the next time.

  4. JoeBrady

    I’m just happy to see us win last night. Had we lost, the headlines would’ve been all about Brown.

    Now we can get on with the season.

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