The fallout from the Raiders release of Antonio Brown has involved a lot of people wondering if the Raiders and Jon Gruden had any recourse for Brown forcing his way out just prior to the season. One of the louder calls for justice has involved Brown’s use of audio of a recorded conversation between he and Jon Gruden for a video he posted the night before he demanded his release.
You see, California is a 2-party consent state. That means if Brown recorded and used the audio from that conversation without Gruden’s permission, he could file charges against Brown for that. The problem is, according to the producer of the video, Gruden gave them his blessing to use it.
On @LeBatardShow, the producer of Antonio Brown’s hype video confirmed Jon Gruden approved the use of their phone conversation in video before it was released on social media #Raiders— Dianna (@diannaESPN) September 9, 2019
Had Gruden not approved of it, and had he decided to go after Brown, not only would it mean legal problems for Brown, but it in turn could result in some form of punishment from the NFL. But unless the producer is simply lying, you can forget that.
And if you think the league is going to punish him for what he did to the Raiders, fat chance. The moment he signed with the Patriots, they were celebrating it.
The newest member of the New England Patriots!@Patriots @AB84 pic.twitter.com/ZElDFTropb— NFL (@NFL) September 7, 2019
Truth is, the only chance the Raiders had to punish Brown for his actions they gave up the moment they released him. They could have suspended him for up to four games and retained his rights. He wouldn’t be on the roster and wouldn’t be in the locker room or on the practice field, so he couldn’t disrupt the team. He would lose game checks and wouldn’t have been able to run off to the Patriots immediately, which appears at this point to have been his plan all along.
AB is catching heat from across the NFL world right now, but he’s either sociopathic enough to not care, or is narcissistic enough to think he is the victim, just like always.
I mean, f—k this guy for having me actually post a video of Stephen A Smith saying something rather profound.
I've never seen selfishness like this. I just don’t want to hear a different opinion on this: pic.twitter.com/l3F3BRx8Rp— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 9, 2019
"What we have just witnessed is the most unprofessional act that I can ever remember seeing in professional sports ..."— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) September 9, 2019
—@Espngreeny on the Antonio Brown situation pic.twitter.com/sUTQS8iofe