When the Raiders traded for Antonio Brown in March, it was thought that he’d bring an essence of winning and hard work to the team. But the wins haven’t come, and it appears they never will.
This morning at 6:06 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, Brown posted on Instagram asking for the Raiders to release him.
When AB descended from the sky to training camp in Napa Valley via hot air balloon, Jon Gruden said that he expected “a lot more drama,” from Brown in the near future.
He got much more than he bargained for.
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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
After drama with his feet, his helmet issues, complaining about fines, being facing potential suspension for screaming at Mike Mayock while calling him a “cracker,” a public apology with captains surrounding him, Gruden telling the media that Brown would play Monday night despite the reported suspension, and a bizarre Instagram post featuring a phone call with Gruden, it appears this saga is finally coming to a head.
Did I forget anything?
The Raiders ultimately fined Brown more than $215K for his tirade against Mayock and removed the guarantees from his contract to protect themselves in case of another outburst.
At 6:31 a.m. PST, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington tweeted that the Raiders removing the guarantees from Brown’s deal sparked his request.
I just got an email from Antonio Brown. He tells me the team “took away my guarantees.” He added there’s “no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week.” So at this moment, once again, don’t expect AB to play on Monday Night Football.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) September 7, 2019
Fans who have been clamoring for Brown to “make it stop,” and “end this nonsense,” have had their wishes granted in the worst way.
After Gruden called the video Brown posted, “awesome” on Friday night, I’m sure he will find this most recent post less amusing.
The Raiders have not responded to Brown’s request for release yet, but it would be shocking if they didn’t acquiesce to his demands after he has muddled the team chemistry to an immense degree.