On Friday night, Antonio Brown shared a video to his followers on Instagram and Youtube of him speaking to Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. The conversation was about Brown’s absence from practice, and he ended it by saying “ain’t no more games” after Gruden implored him to return to the Raiders.
Less than 24 hours later, though, Gruden wouldn’t say it was him on the video when asked.
“It might have been Frank Caliendo,” he said, per NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano.
Caliendo, a comedian, is known for his spot-on impressions, and knows how to do the “Gruden voice.” In August, he posted a video of himself and Gruden, with him impersonating the head coach. He’s done the impression a few more times publicly throughout his comedic career, and even appeared on Hard Knocks during Oakland’s training camp.
So, in front of the @Raiders, I thought I was cool & could sing “Lean on Me” better than @renfrowhunter on #hardknocks. I was #BRUTAL & #totallydiscombobulated
Maybe some footage will show up somewhere.😉
Then Jon Gruden and I made this silly video. #chucky
@derekcarrqb @nfl pic.twitter.com/tHEEPZKzGm
— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) August 15, 2019
Nice joke, Gruden.
The Raiders coach may have said that to protect Brown. In the state of California, there is a two-way consent law for recording a conversation. If Brown didn’t ask for Gruden’s consent, he may be in trouble with the law.
Of course, Brown isn’t Gruden’s problem anymore. After the wide receiver asked for his release on Instagram, the Raiders fulfilled his wish by doing so shortly after. It’s hard to blame them considering what he’s done in the past six weeks — showing up with frostbitten feet, threatening to retire over a helmet, filing two grievances with the NFL, skipping training camp, fighting with general manager Mike Mayock, and recording the conversation with Gruden.
Or, maybe it was Caliendo? Considering that he has the Gruden impression down, anything is possible.