Antonio Brown asks Raiders to release him in Instagram post

The Antonio Brown saga with the Oakland Raiders continued on Saturday, with the star wide receiver asking the team to release him on his Instagram page.

“Release me Raiders,” he wrote in the caption, adding the hashtag #NOMore.

The post itself contained a quote reading: “You are gonna piss a lot of people off when you start doing what’s best for you.”


Raiders voided guaranteed money

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Brown could be asking for his release because the Raiders had voided nearly $30 million of guaranteed money in his contract after fining Brown for conduct detrimental to the team on Wednesday.

Schefter also reported that the Raiders told Brown he would not be given termination pay if they released him.

Brown sent an email to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, reportedly claiming that the team took away his guarantees and that he would not play in the season opener on Monday against the Denver Broncos.

Brown was dealt to the Raiders in the offseason, but has sparked controversy almost from the minute he arrived at training camp, from missing practice due to frostbite to refusing to wear an NFL-mandated helmet.

The drama continues

Brown’s request comes a day after an eventful Friday for Brown, who offered an emotional apology to the team in the morning. He had gotten into a confrontation with GM Mike Mayock on Wednesday in which he reportedly used disparaging language and cussed out Mayock.

Despite the rift, the Raiders planned to play Brown in the season opener on Monday. But on Friday night, Brown posted a video to his YouTube channel of what appeared to be a phone conversation between him and head coach Jon Gruden that Brown taped.

 

In the video, Gruden purportedly asks Brown to “stop this s— and just play football,” with Brown insisting that he’s wanted to be a Raider since “day one.”

“Please stop this s—- and just play football. How hard is that?” Gruden said on the video. “You’re a great football player. Just play football.”

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ARCHIVO - En esta foto de archivo del 11 de junio de 2019, se observa al wide receiver de los Raiders de Oakland, Antonio Brown, durante un minicampamento de entrenamiento del equipo de la NFL, en Alameda, California. (AP Foto/Eric Risberg, Archivo)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown speaks to reporters after NFL football practice at the team's headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown warms up during an official team activity at the NFL football team's headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 28, 2019; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown (84) during organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2019; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown (84) participates during organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2019; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown (84) is escorted by media relations director Will Kiss during organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2019; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown (84) during organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2019; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown (84) during organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Brown said: “I don't know why it's a question of me wanting to be a Raider; it's like, do you guys want me to be a Raider?"

In the caption to the video, Brown called out false narratives and ended it with “Free me!”

It appears now that he quite literally wants to be freed from the Raiders.

 

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