The Raiders reportedly expect Antonio Brown to play despite ‘release me’ Instagram post

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown somehow found a way to make his dramatic stint with the team even more theatrical when he asked for his release at 6:03 a.m. Saturday morning.

“I’m not mad at anyone. I’m just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong,” Brown wrote in an Instagram post. “Release me @raiders #NOMore #theyputblindersonahorseforareason #NoMoreFake.”

Despite the explosive post, the Raiders reportedly expect Brown to play against the Denver Broncos on Monday night as planned, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Russini tweeted that a “a source in the Raiders building” told her, “We all see the post but you won’t believe me when I tell you that everyone is just working. We are operating like he is playing.”

So there’s that.

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Brown’s post was apparently in response to the Raiders voiding the guarantees in his contract by fining him $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the fine shortly after Brown’s Instagram post.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported that Brown sent him an email claiming the team “took away (his) guarantees,” adding that there was “no way (he) play(s) after they took that and made (his) contract week to week.”

The fine stemmed from a reported incident with general Mike Mayock on Wednesday, during which Brown reportedly called Mayock a “cracker” and threatened to punch him in the face.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information is made available.

SFGATE digital editor Michael Rosen contributed to this report.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email: | Twitter:@_ericting

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