Antonio Brown Took To Instagram To Demand The Raiders Release Him

Could the Antonio Brown era in Oakland reach its conclusion before he ever takes the field for a regular season game? Based on an Instagram post made by the All-Pro wide receiver early on Saturday morning, one that comes in response to the team’s decision to fine him, it seems like things could be headed in that direction.

Ed Werder of ESPN reported on Friday night that Oakland levied a fine against Brown, which did not sit well with him. A little later that evening, Brown released a phone call he had with Jon Gruden on his Instagram account, and on Saturday, Brown posted a picture and wrote in the caption that he wants out of Oakland.

“And that’s fine !” Brown wrote. “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”

As Adam Schefter of ESPN reported in the aftermath of this, there’s a major financial reason why Brown is reacting this way: The fine that he received voided the nearly $30 million in guaranteed money he was slated to get from the team.

As it turns out, that’s the case. Brown emailed ESPN’s Jeff Darlington and said that his gripe is over the guaranteed money the Raiders “took away.”

Whether the Raiders honor this request remains to be seen. The team kicks off their season on Monday night against the Denver Broncos, and while Brown had previously been in line to play after the team opted to not suspend him, that no longer appears to be the case.