The Raiders reportedly expected Antonio Brown to play even after ‘release me’ Instagram post

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown‘s brief tenure with the Oakland Raiders came to an unceremonious end Saturday morning when he asked the team for his release on Instagram and the Raiders obliged shortly afterwards.

“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.”

The team announced in a tweet three hours after Brown’s post that the controversial receiver had been released.

After the explosive post and prior to his release, the Raiders reportedly expected Brown to play against the Denver Broncos on Monday night as planned, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Russini tweeted that “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.”

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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: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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