The Oakland Raiders have released embattled wide receiver Antonio Brown from his contract. The NFL's official Twitter account posted the update.
Hours prior to the announcement, Brown took to Instagram to express his frustrations and make his desires perfectly clear: "Release me."
The post Brown uploaded reads, "You are gonna piss a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you."
Brown captioned the post with a brief statement saying he's not "mad" at anyone, he's just "asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong."
Fans following the debacle between Brown and the Raiders know that the issue stems from his desire to continue to wear the same helmet he has worn for his entire career in the NFL. The league has said that the helmet is no longer approved. Brown filed a grievance on Aug. 9 but an arbitrator denied his request. His second grievance, filed Aug. 19, was equally unsuccessful.
So acrimonious was the relationship between Brown and his bosses that, as TMZ reports, at one point the wide receiver and Raiders manager Mike Mayock got into a shouting match.
According to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brown says the new NFL-approved helmets interfere with his ability to play.
"Antonio Brown believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch football [sic]. The Raiders have been sending Brown other approved helmets to try out but, at this time, he is not interested in wearing any of them."