Raiders release Antonio Brown


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Antonio Brown. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Antonio Brown's career with the Raiders ended today, as the team announced that it has released him.

Remember that whole video Brown posted late Friday night about how he's done with the games, and didn't understand why people were questioning his desire to be a Raider?

The video only had a shelf life of about 11 hours, because on Saturday morning Brown took to Instagram to ask for a release.

Brown posted a picture of a quote that said, "You are going to piss a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you." In the caption, he wrote the following:

"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 #NOMore #theyputblindersonahorseforareason #NoMoreFake"

The key line there is the "Release me, Raiders" at the end.

It was a request Oakland management honored just hours later.

Why the sudden change of heart? Adam Schefter explained:

ESPN's Jeff Darlington heard directly from Brown:

Shortly before noon, the Raiders granted Brown his wish:

Jon Gruden addressed the media after the move:

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