On Thursday, there was talk of the Oakland Raiders suspending Antonio Brown for conduct detrimental to the team. When Friday rolled around, all seemed well after an “emotional apology” from Brown to the team, and head coach Jon Gruden confirmed that Brown would play in Oakland’s Monday night game against the Denver Broncos.
Well it’s Saturday, and Antonio Brown is no longer with the Raiders.
Brown was fined $215,000 for detrimental conduct, which voided his $30 million in guarantees. The star wide receiver, as ever, went to Instagram and demanded his release from the team who traded a third- and fifth-round pick for his services earlier this season.
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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
We have endured an incalculable number of stories concerning Brown’s frostbitten feet, his helmet demands, missing practices, clashes with management, and seemingly everything else under the sun. The Brown “era” in Oakland didn’t even last one regular season snap.
Brown is not subject to waivers, so at 1 PM PT later this Saturday afternoon, he is free to sign with another team. He cannot, however, play in Week 1. So if/when Brown has a new team, the earliest he can debut is Week 2.