Kurtenbach: Raiders camp return just another scene in Antonio Brown’s contrived melodrama

NAPA — Antonio Brown’s representatives wanted everyone to know that their client, amid not one, but two bizarre sagas that are keeping him off the field, would be back at Raiders training camp Tuesday.

And sure enough, as practice wound down Brown walked out onto the sidelines of the practice field.

Flanked by cameras, of course.

The wide receiver also had his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, in tow, because he too has never seen a camera he doesn’t like. And while Brown didn’t seem all that chatty Tuesday, his agent was.

“I predict tonight’s episode of Hard Knocks will be the most viewed ever,” Rosenhaus told Brown — but more accurately the NFL Films/HBO crew — as they walked towards the dais in the corner of the Raiders’ practice facility.


He might be right. Because when it comes to drama and intrigue around Brown, business — as the wide receiver would say — is boomin’.

Brown didn’t practice Tuesday as his reportedly frostbitten feet are not ready for the field and he does not yet have an NFL approved helmet. No, he was only around to be seen and to tell the media that he’s moving past all the “adversity” he’s faced in recent weeks.

Antonio Brown is here with a bunch of cameras and Drew Rosenhaus pic.twitter.com/itG2IniFuQ

— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) August 13, 2019

Forgive me if I don’t feel much sympathy.

For others, the foot injury would be a cautionary tale on the apparently forgotten dangers of putting your body in a cryotherapy chamber that can be as cold as minus-160 degrees Fahrenheit. Another player might be exalted as a hero for challenging the powers that be over helmet rules that are — let’s be honest — loosely backed and were likely enacted as part of a diversionary public retaliations tactic.

And while that’s part of the calculus when you try to wrap your mind around Brown’s inauspicious start to his Raiders’ career, because it’s Brown, it’s impossible to view things solely in that light. Track records matter and his is damning.

Brown is a unique on-field talent: He’s one of the best wide receivers in the history of the NFL. But he’s also a shameless self-promoter also has an uncanny ability to create unique and eminently engaging drama off the field. He’s a showman.

When he was asked Tuesday when he thought he might be able to return to the field, he replied: “I guess you guys [need to] stay tuned.”

Yes, Tuesday’s showing of face lacked any semblance of authenticity — it was all part of the show. Sure enough, only moments after that press conference, he released a video on his YouTube channel — “Next Career Move… Coming Soon!”

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