Antonio Brown's Grievance Claim Against Raiders Hampered by Text Messages

The Raiders released the wide receiver on Sept. 7.

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Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown’s hopes of getting back $30 million in guaranteed cash from the Oakland Raiders through a grievance claim may be hindered by text messages the player himself sent.

Through the discovery process, the football team sent text messages that showed Brown asking the team’s owner Mark Davis for his release, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday.

Antonio Brown's grievance to recoup some his $30 million in guaranteed money took a hit in discovery when the @Raiders submitted multiple text messages from Brown to owner Mark Davis, asking for his release, per sources. The Raiders obliged Sept. 7.

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 20, 2019

Brown is hoping for the $30 million in the guaranteed money from his contract that was voided after he was fined for misconduct issues before he was let go. The Raiders released the wide receiver on Sept. 7.

It’s been a rough few months for the star wideout. He was dropped by Nike back in September, acted “belligerently” and stormed out of a deposition about his Miami condo, and traded shots with other NFL players.

Despite all of Brown’s troubles, there are several teams who are looking to improve their chances this season with a wide receiver. The wide receiver’s name “has come up in internal discussions in several personnel meetings,” CBS Sports reports.

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has said that Brown still piques the interest of teams around the league. "I have had discussions with a few teams that are very interested in him and want to know about his future and what's going on with the NFL," Rosenhaus said in September. "Hopefully, when that is all resolved, Antonio will be able to continue his Hall of Fame career."

The star athlete has filed a grievance claim against the New England Patriots as well, via the NFL Players Association. Brown is seeking the $9 million signing bonus he never received, $64,062 from his first week’s salary, and the remaining $1.025 million of his guaranteed money. 

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