Antonio Brown tells Raiders to ‘release me’
In the latest twist in the never-ending saga between Antonio Brown and the Oakland Raiders, the wide receiver has now taken to Instagram to tell the Raiders to 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
This comes less than 24 hours after it was announced that Brown would be playing in Oakland’s season opener against the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
It has certainly been a tumultuous few days in what has been a tumultuous offseason overall for Brown.
Earlier this week, the 31-year-old was hit with a $54,000 fine from the Raiders for missing time during training camp. Displeased with the penalty, Brown posted the fine letter Oakland sent him on Instagram.
He then confronted Raiders general manager Mike Mayock in practice on Wednesday in a heated dispute that nearly turned physical before linebacker Vontaze Burfict restrained Brown.
Oakland debated suspending Brown, with some suggesting that the Raiders should even void the $30 million they owe him in guaranteed money and then cut him.
Brown then apologized to his teammates and the organization on Friday, and afterward, it was reported that he would be suiting up for the Raiders’ Week 1 matchup with the Broncos.
But apparently, Brown doesn’t want to.
Oakland originally acquired Brown in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers back in March, sending a fifth-round draft pick and a third-rounder to the Steelers in return.
Since then, controversy has followed Brown, whether it had to do with frostbite on his field, a pair of helmet grievances or his latest incident in which he apparently tried to attack Mayock.