Raiders news: Oakland releases wide receiver Antonio Brown
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Raiders release WR Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown

The Oakland Raiders have released wide receiver Antonio Brown, the team announced on its official Twitter account.

This move comes just hours after Brown requested his release from the Raiders on Instagram after the team voided his $30 million in guaranteed money when they fined him for conduct detrimental to the team.

Brown said there was “no way” he would play for the team after they took away his guarantees, and he never will.

Brown’s release puts an end to a roller-coaster relationship that lasted just a few months after the Raiders traded for the talented wideout from the Pittsburgh Steelers back in March.

The first of what turned out to be a long line of Brown issues came when he injured his feet due to a cryotherapy mishap. He then threatened to retire over the use of his 10-year-old helmet and missed team activities as a result.

The helmet issue was resolved eventually, but another problem arose when the team fined Brown for his absences. Brown then had an altercation with general manager Mike Mayock over said fines.

After contemplating suspending Brown, the Raiders seemingly resolved that conflict, with head coach Jon Gruden saying Brown would play in their season opener against the Denver Broncos.

But Brown reached his breaking point with the voiding of his guaranteed money, and the Raiders also reached theirs, which led to their decision to move on from the controversial wideout.

Brown is now an unrestricted free agent and will get to choose whichever team he wants to play for next.