Oakland, CA – Troubled National Football League wide receiver Antonio Brown allegedly called Oakland Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock a “cracker” and threatened to punch Mayock during a heated confrontation during a practice.
An Oakland Raiders source told ESPN that Brown used the term “cracker” as well as several “cuss words” during the confrontation. Mayock reportedly remained calm during the incident.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini said that Antonio Brown denied using the word “cracker” when talking to Mayock and said there was not any type of scuffle, according to TMZ.
"Antonio Brown told me there was never a scuffle at practice. He said he did not use the word 'cracker' and would never use that word...Everything has been blown out of proportion," Russini told TMZ.
The Raiders later released Brown and he was signed Saturday by the New England Patriots, according to ESPN.
Brown will get a one-year contract that will be up to $15 million and that included a $9 million signing bonus, according to ESPN.
After Brown was picked up by the Patriots, he posed a cartoon picture of himself on social media in a Patriots uniform with a wad of bills in one hand and money floating around him. A sign read in the cartoon read, “Business Is Booming.”
Brown won’t be able to play for the Patriots until the second game of the season. He had asked to be released by the Raiders in a post on Instagram. ESPN reported that the Raiders had fined him $215,073 for various team violations and that move voided $29.1 million of his guaranteed money.
The Raiders also sent Brown a letter that said he was not entitled to termination pay, ESPN reported. If he had stayed with the Raiders, Brown would have been playing on a week-to-week contract with no termination pay and no guaranteed money.