Antonio Brown asks Raiders to release him in Instagram post

Evan Hilbert and Mike Jones, USA TODAY
Published 9:41 a.m. ET Sept. 7, 2019 | Updated 10:38 a.m. ET Sept. 7, 2019CLOSE
USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones breaks down why the Raiders suspended Antonio Brown.
USA TODAYThe Antonio Brown saga with the Oakland Raiders has taken yet another turn.Just when it seemed the two sides were trending toward a union, Brown posted on Instagram Saturday morning asking the team to release him.Brown said he’s not “mad” but wants the “freedom to prove” his critics wrong. This comes on the heels of his outburst with general manager Mike Mayock just a day ago.The Raiders voided nearly $30 million guaranteed salary in Brown’s contract and are once again discussing his release, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.ESPN also reported the Raiders fined Brown $215,073 for “conduct detrimental to the team.”Brown sent an email to ESPN saying: “no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week.”This is the latest saga in the Brown-Raiders relationship. On Friday night, Brown posted a video that appears to show a private conversation between him and coach Jon Gruden.The video was posted shortly after it was reported that Brown would in fact be available to play Monday night.”I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines,” Brown’s post reads, in part. “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.”AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide