At this point, the Oakland Raiders may want to just rid themselves of the nightmare that has been the Antonio Brown experience, despite the hefty draft package they paid to the Pittsburgh Steelers to bring on the immature superstar.
Not long after the Raiders and Brown seemed to iron out the latest issues, which centered on a verbal confrontation Brown had with general manager Mike Mayock in practice, Brown continued his ridiculous behavior by posting a video that contained a recorded phone conversation between he and head coach Jon Gruden.
Now, Brown is again upset (what’s new) after the Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
By fining Brown, the Raiders voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal, which shouldn’t have come as a complete shock to Brown had he been in touch with reality, as he has been nothing but drama, trouble, and an embarrassment since he landed with the Raiders earlier this year.
Additionally, the Raiders sent Brown a letter informing him that he no longer will be entitled to termination pay in the event that they release him, which seems to be the course that the Raiders are mapping out.
Brown wasn’t having it.
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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
Brown was upset about the fine that resulted from his confrontation with Mayock, one in which he called the general manager a “cracker” and one he started and escalated, per reports.
The Raiders were going to suspend Brown, but Brown apologized and all things seemed to track towards Brown playing on Monday night against the Denver Broncos.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Brown said that there is “no way” he plays for the Raiders after the team “took away my (contract) guarantees” saying “no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week.”
The Raiders need to be done, need to find an escape hatch, and need to just eat the cost they gave up to acquire Brown to get as far away as they can from someone who generates drama and controversy almost on a daily basis.
At this point, is there really any other possible outcome other than Brown being released?
Who knows, and judging by how this entire drama has played out, it’s going to be hard to tell.
Just give it a day. Or a few hours.