Report: Antonio Brown sought social media advice to hasten Raiders release

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown solicited advice and ideas from social media consultants to try to hasten being cut by the Oakland Raiders, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Brown was cut by the Raiders on Saturday and hours later was signed by the Patriots, prompting some in the football world to wonder if the Pro Bowl wide receiver’s drama with the Raiders was a ploy to get out of his contract so he could sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ AFC North rival. The Steelers refused to send Brown to any AFC North team after he requested to be traded from the team that drafted him in 2010, though the Patriots were interested in negotiating a trade for him.

Sources told Mortenson that at least one consultant couldn’t tell whether or not Brown was serious in soliciting advice.

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Brown’s social media presence has played a key role in how his relationship with the Raiders deteriorated. On Wednesday, Brown posted a photo of a document with team-issued fines on it to Instagram, which led to a well-publicized argument with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock.

Then the Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, which voided the guaranteed money in his contract with Oakland. And that prompted him to request to be cut by the team on Instagram on Saturday morning.

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Brown will miss Week 1 with the Patriots, who play his former team, the Steelers, but will likely be on the field for the team’s Week 2 game against the Miami Dolphins.

Drew Costley is an SFGATE editorial assistant. Email: drew.costley@sfgate.com | Twitter: @drewcostley

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