Look: Antonio Brown Rips Raiders on IG for $54K Fines over Missed Practices

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2019

Oakland Raiders' Antonio Brown jogs onto the field before stretching during NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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The Oakland Raiders fined Antonio Brown $13,950 for skipping a mandatory walkthrough Aug. 22, and the wide receiver decided to let everyone know about it on Instagram.

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

AB isn’t happy with this fine from the Raiders 😳 https://t.co/xQuL8lt6RV

"When your own team want to hate but there's no stopping me now devil is a lie," Brown wrote in his post. "Everyone got to pay this year so we clear."

The response to that post was about what you would expect.

"Oh boy," wrote NFL Network's Steve Wyche. "Oh man," tweeted NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. "Oh dear..." noted ESPN's Josina Anderson. "Oh my," said ESPN's Jason Wilde.

And the takes continued:

Art Stapleton @art_stapleton

All's well. Nothing to see here. https://t.co/n6me6DoIqe

Michael Silver @MikeSilver

This is a completely media-driven story. Wait... https://t.co/pjqk7BOvZZ

Albert Breer of The MMQB pointed out the $40,000 fine also mentioned in the Raiders' notice to Brown:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Also worth noting here, August 18 — the day of the $40K fine — was the day that Raiders GM Mike Mayock publicly called for Antonio Brown to show up for work. https://t.co/STLK7lxBNE

It's been quite the summer for Brown and the Raiders. First, Brown missed time at training camp after suffering frostbitten feet because of cryotherapy gone bad. Then, he missed time while embroiled in a helmet dispute with the NFL after he was told he couldn't wear his old helmet that no longer met the league's safety guidelines on gear.

All of this happened while the Raiders were featured on HBO's Hard Knocks this summer, only adding to the media attention they received.

It's been a rocky road for Brown and the Raiders after the team traded 2019 third- and fifth-round picks to the Pittsburgh Steelers to acquire him. They also reworked his contract, giving him the ability to make up to $54.1 million over the next three years.

Given Brown's impact on the field—he's a future Hall of Famer who has registered at least 100 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in six straight seasons—it could be money well spent. But off the field, it's come with its fair share of headaches.