The Oakland Raiders have ended the saga with Antonio Brown and have released the star wide receiver. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news.
The #Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown. Wow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2019
Brown was traded to the Raiders this offseason for a third and fifth-round NFL Draft pick, but did not play one game with his new team.
The Raiders fined him for conduct detrimental to the team for a video posted on his youtube page. By doing so, the Raiders have voided $29.125 million guaranteed in his contract according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. They also told him that he is not subject to termination pay if they release him.
This comes after plenty of friction between the team and Brown. On Friday night, Brown posted a video of a phone call between Jon Gruden on a Youtube video. Gruden reportedly loved the video.
On Wednesday, Brown got into a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock over fines he was giving for missing mandatory team activities. He apologized to the team on Thursday and was afterward permitted by the team to play on Monday night.
Brown asked for his release on Instagram early on Saturday and has now been granted his wish.