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Published 11:16 a.m. ET Sept. 4, 2019 | Updated 1:30 p.m. ET Sept. 4, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYThe drama surrounding Antonio Brown and the Oakland Raiders is not over.Brown, the star receiver the Raiders traded for this offseason, added yet another layer of tension to the offseason saga between him and the franchise. On Wednesday, Brown expressed his displeasure with a series of fines he was issued for unexcused absences, posting on Instagram a screenshot of the letter he received from the team.“WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE’S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR,” Brown wrote Wednesday morning in a story posted to his Instagram account.Antonio Brown posts his displeasure with fines from #Raiderspic.twitter.com/0OMhdwFu7K— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 4, 2019In the image, Brown’s comments were posted above the fine letter he received from Raiders general manager Mike Mayock. The letters outlines Brown’s missing a walkthrough on August 22, for which the team was fining him $13,950, as allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Raiders were in Winnipeg that day preparing for a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.The letter also indicates that Brown was previously fined $40,000 for missing a training camp practice on August 18.“Please be advised that should you continue to miss mandatory team activities, including practices and games, the Raiders reserve the right to impose additional remedies available under the Clubs Discipline Schedule, the CBA and your NFL Player Contract, including, but not limited to, additional fines and discipline for engaging in Conduct Detrimental to the Club,” Mayock wrote in the letter.Pro Football Talk reported that the Raiders had enforced the fines rather than merely reserve their rights for discipline, as some teams choose to do.NFL picks: USA TODAY’s Super Bowl, MVP, rookie of the year picks and morePower rankings: Colts, Chargers take hits leading into Week 1Brown has also dealt with multiple failed grievances he filed against the NFL, as he sought to wear the helmet he has worn his entire career. The model, the Schutt AiR Advantage, however, was too old to be certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards on Athletic Equipment.In protest of the issue, Brown skipped several practices and team meetings. It prompted Mayock to hold an unplanned session with reporters August 18 in which he said, “It’s time for him to be all-in or all-out.”Brown had also been dealing with extreme frostbite to his feet after he suffered an accident during a cryotherapy session that had kept him sidelined during the beginning of training camp.Brown, 31, caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards, and 15 touchdowns last season with the Steelers.Follow Lorenzo Reyes on Twitter @LorenzoGReyes.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide
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