The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Antonio Brown on Saturday after he refused to play unless he was allowed to wear full knight’s armor and ride a warhorse during games.
“This team doesn’t care about its players,” tweeted Brown. “I’ve been riding warhorses since I joined the league in 2010. Now, all of a sudden, they say it’s a safety issue?”
Brown says that riding the ferocious beasts has been a big part of his success in the NFL. Without them, he says his skills will be significantly diminished.
“I respect Antonio as a player, but his desire to mash through opposing teams on the back of a 2,000-pound steed is not consistent with our organization’s values,” said Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden. “Now, if he wanted to carry a cutlass and flintlock pistol, that might have been a different story. We are pirates, after all.”
Within hours of Brown’s release, he was picked up by the New England Patriots. Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick is known for the strict discipline he requires his players to uphold both on and off the field. While it is unlikely Belichick will let Brown ride a warhorse onto the field, sources say he may be open to other large war mammals.
“Coach Belichick has always been a big ungulate guy, so I wouldn’t rule out camels or elephants,” said ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. “You might even see some killer whales come out when the Patriots travel down to Miami to battle the Dolphins.”