Antonio Brown has officially been released by the Oakland Raiders without playing a game

The Oakland Raiders have released wide receiver Antonio Brown. 

Their decision comes after a week of controversy that saw the relationship between the player and his team breakdown. 

Brown did not play a single game for the Raiders and was only traded to the Raiders in March 2019. He was previously playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Oakland’s decision to release their star WR was confirmed in a tweet on Saturday afternoon. 

“The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today,” it read. 

A few days ago, the seven-time Pro Bowler was fined $215,000 for conduct detrimental to the team following an altercation with general manager Mike Mayock. 

It’s believed the pair clashed during practice and although it didn’t get physical, threats were made. 

On Friday, Brown then released what appeared to be a private conversation between him and coach Jon Gruden, before posting a far from subtle message on Instagram.

“You are gonna p*** a lot of people off when you start doing what’s best for you,” it began. 

“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.” 

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And release him they did. As a free agent, Brown can now sign for any other team in the NFL. 

But given how he’s left the Raiders, it’s unclear if any team will want to take a chance on him.

Oakland will now be without a star wide receiver for their opening game of the season against the Denver Broncos on Monday night. 

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