Raiders cut Antonio Brown after he asked for ‘release’ in Instagram post over reports the team voided $30 million in guaranteed money

The Oakland Raiders announced Saturday in a tweet that they had released wide receiver Antonio Brown.

"The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today," the team's official Twitter account wrote Saturday morning, adding no further detail.

The announcement comes within a day of Brown ramping up his public criticism of the team.

On Friday, Brown published a highly-produced YouTube video that included a recording of a call between himself and head coach Jon Gruden.

On Saturday, Brown posted a graphic on Instagram that read "You are gonna piss a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you."

The photo's caption read, "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."

Read more: Antonio Brown asks for 'release' in Instagram post after Raiders reportedly void $30 million in guaranteed money

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brown was fined $215,073.53 Friday evening for "conduct detrimental to the team" September 4. According to Schefter, the fine would void nearly $30 million owed to Brown in his contract.

Brown reportedly wrote in an email, "No way I play after they took that," according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington.

This post is developing and will be updated with more information.

Tyler Lauletta contributed to the reporting in this article.

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