Antonio Brown Has Been Released By The Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders have released wide receiver Antonio Brown two days before their season kicks off.
The Raiders confirmed the news on Saturday afternoon after a week of controversy ahead of what should have been Brown's debut for the AFC West team.
The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today.
- Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 7, 2019
From agent Drew Rosenhaus, following the release of #Raiders WR Antonio Brown: "Now that Antonio is a free agent, we are focused on the future and I will immediately work on signing him to a new team. Antonio is looking forward to a new beginning."- Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2019
If you include fines, Antonio Brown actually paid Oakland almost $300k during his time there.- Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) September 7, 2019
Dude didn't just flush away monster millions, but it actually cost him hundreds of thousands to do it.
Raiders, at long last, release Antonio Brown.- Marc Sessler (@MarcSessler) September 7, 2019
He is free to sign with another team at 4:01 p.m. ET.
Hang on to your butts.
Earlier on Saturday Brown had taken to Instagram to confirm that he'd asked his new team, who he joined from Pittsburgh Steelers in the off season, to release him, saying, "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."
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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
The star wide receiver was involved in a heated clash with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock on Thursday and that led to him being sent home and missing practice.
Oakland planned to suspend Brown and withhold some of the $30million of guaranteed money from his contract, according to widespread reports.
But all seemed to be well 24 hours later when he turned up at their base in Alameda and apologised to team-mates with captains standing by his side.
Then came a weird incident where Brown posted a video of a phone call between himself and coach Jon Gruden.
What do you think is next for Brown?