Written by Kenny King
The Oakland Raiders begin their 2019 campaign without the star wide receiver Antonio Brown who they traded a 3rd and 5th round pick in the offseason. Brown’s tumultuous tenure began with a hot air balloon ride into training camp in Napa and ended with an Instagram post asking to be released.
Where did it go wrong? There was a timeline of events that led to the release of Brown:
Antonio Brown arrives at camp with frostbite on his feet from wearing improper footwear while doing cryotherapy.
Antonio Brown misses practice after filing a grievance with the NFL over a helmet dispute
Antonio Brown finds a new helmet
The NFL deems Brown’s helmet is unsafe to play in
Antonio Brown misses practice (AGAIN)
GM Mike Mayock issues an “All in or All out” ultimatum
Antonio Brown returns
The Raiders fine Brown for missing practice and being late to walkthroughs
Brown posts the fine on Instagram calling the Raiders “haters”
Antonio Brown gets into a verbal altercation with GM Mike Mayock at practice
Brown returns to the team and issues an “emotional apology”
The Raiders fine Brown for his incident with Mayock
Report comes out that Brown’s guaranteed money is voided
Brown posts video to his YouTube channel with recorded phone call from Gruden
Brown posts on Instagram requesting release from the Raiders
The Raiders release Brown
Antonio Brown signs with the Patriots
The emotional rollercoaster is over. Antonio Brown is no longer a Raider. The Raiders open up at home vs. the Denver Broncos on Monday night.