OAKLAND – It seemed as if the Oakland Raiders and wide receiver Antonio Brown had finally made amends, with Brown scheduled to play in Oakland’s season opener against the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
But, Brown strikes again.
In a complicated series of events that’s taken so many twists and turns it’s hard to even keep count anymore, Brown posts to Instagram that he wants the Raiders to release him… just one day after he makes an emotional apology to his team.
His wish has been granted, with the Raiders announcing today that they’re cutting the wide receiver.
The Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 Friday night because of conduct detrimental to the team. Adam Schefter tweeted that the fine voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal, and on top of that the Raiders sent Brown a letter that he no longer will be entitled to termination pay if they release him.
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And that’s fine ! I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines.Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years. “I’m not mad at anyone. I’m just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong.” Release me @raiders #NOMore #theyputblindersonahorseforareason #NoMoreFake
Brown told Jeff Darlington that the team “took away my guarantees,” and added there’s “no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week.”
Brown’s Instagram post includes the quote, “You are gonna piss a lot of people off when you start doing what’s best for you.”
Once he was released, he became an unrestricted free agent and the Patriots quickly snatched him up with a one-year deal.