So much for Antonio Brown playing in the Raiders' season opener.
The team released the star wide receiver after the mercurial wide receiver woke up the NFL world Saturday morning with an Instagram post that ended with the message "release me @Raiders," and it didn't take long to find out why.
Brown emailed ESPN's Jeff Darlington and explained that the Raiders "took away from [contract] guarantees." Brown also told Darlington that there's "no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week."
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 on Friday night for conduct detrimental to the team, over his confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock. That allowed the Raiders to void the $29.125 million in contract guarantees they gave him when they traded for him last offseason.
ESPN also reported that the Raiders told Brown he isn't entitled to termination pay if they release him.
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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