Antonio Brown cut from Raiders before playing game with team

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders officially released star receiver Antonio Brown Saturday, before he ever played one game with the team.

The Raiders announced the decision hours after Brown requested his release in a dramatic way after a fractured and dramatic off-season.

"We did everything to make this work, I'm sorry it didn't," said Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden.

Gruden said there's no hard feelings.

"I wish Antonio nothing but the best, I'm sorry we never got a chance to see him in silver and black. I've got to say he's a great guy, misunderstood by a lot of people. I hope he gets what he's looking for," said Gruden.

The Raiders made the decision to cut Brown hours after he requested his release on social media.

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Brown was upset over his latest team fine regarding an outburst at practice with General Manager Mike Mayock. The fine allowed the Raiders to void more than $29 million in guaranteed money in Brown's 3-year contract.

Brown later tweeted: "The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth."



It was a summer full of drama for Brown. Everything from a helmet grievance to missing practice after suffering frostbite in a cryotherapy chamber.

On Friday, Brown posted a video on YouTube of an apparent private call he had with Coach Gruden about his commitment to the Raiders.

Gruden woudn't confirm if the voice on the call was his.

"I'm done with it-- if you want to talk about the game," said Gruden.

Raiders teammates reacted to the news.

"Antonio's a great player, someone we wish we could have because he's one of the best receivers in the NFL," said Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.

"I have nothing against him, I love him. His locker was next to mine but we've got to move on and get down to business, it's as simple as that," said Darren Waller, Raiders tight end.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had no comment on Brown.

The Raiders play their first regular season game on Monday night against the Broncos.
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