ALAMEDA, Calif. (KLAS) — Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden wished Antonio Brown “nothing but the best” during a press conference Saturday afternoon. The wide receiver was released by the Raiders earlier this morning.
“I’m really proud of our players, our coaches, our owner, our front office. We did everything we could to make this work. I’m sorry it didn’t,” Gruden said.
Some of the NFL’s most iconic figures, including retired NFL coach and Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, took to Twitter to voice their opinions. Dungy says he feels sorry for Brown, Tweeting:
This comes after Brown asked the team to release him from his multi-million dollar contract Saturday morning in a cryptic Instagram post.
The Raiders took away guaranteed money in Brown’s deal and fined him more than $200,000 on Friday due to conduct detrimental to the team, CBS reports.
ESPN’s Jeff Darlington Tweeted Brown essentially told him his contract was reconstructed to a week-to-week basis.
In one of several letters to Brown, the team said he will be ineligible for termination pay if they release him.
Brown has dominated NFL headlines lately from controversy regarding swapping his old helmet for a new one because of safety concerns to a fight between the player and Raiders’ General Manager Mike Mayock.
Quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of the Raiders are working to prepare for their Monday Night game against the Denver Broncos, regardless of Brown’s playing status.