Antonio Brown was fined $215,073.53 by the Raiders Friday night for conduct detrimental to the team following a confrontation with the team’s general manager Mike Mayock. With this fine, the Raiders were able to void nearly $30 million that was guaranteed as a part of Brown’s contract, as well as the assurance that should he be cut, the team is not entitled to termination pay. This led the star wide receiver to take to Instagram to request his release.
This has been one of the strangest offseasons of my lifetime, and it is now continuing past the season opener. Thursday afternoon, the news broke that Brown threatened to punch Mayock, and rumors swirled that he would be suspended by the team. Friday, Brown came back and gave an “emotional apology”, and the team announced that he would be playing on Monday against Denver. Now, this morning we wake up to the news that Brown wants out of Oakland. I mean this is just the story that keeps giving, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Brown playing on Monday night against the Broncos.
What this comes down to is money, Brown diva’d his way out of $30 million guaranteed and now he wants out. Oakland is not a team that can compete for a Super Bowl at any time in Brown’s remaining career, so he likely won’t stay there if there is no money to be had. Now, this doesn’t mean that he won’t sign with a contender for a bargain deal, but you have to wonder if Brown still has the desire to play football. Either way, this has been one of the most dynamic and entertaining (unless you ‘re a Raiders fan) sports storylines of this century, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.