The NHL recently came out with a promotion campaign for NHL TV promising “no soap operas, just hockey.” Saturday, the Vancouver Canucks got in the Soap Opera Business.
Nearly three hours after the Oakland Raiders released the controversial Antonio Brown, the Canucks extended a Training Camp offer — albeit jokingly — to the star wide receiver.
#Canucks training camp starts Thursday – you in @AB84?! pic.twitter.com/fikML99GmK
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) September 7, 2019
The best part is Brown accepted the offer. On Twitter, he responded back, “See you there 🤗🤗”
See you there 🤗🤗 https://t.co/FujlmP53Op
— AB (@AB84) September 7, 2019
In the photoshop, I would like to point out that the Canucks made AB the alternate captain. Amazing.
The Raiders’ release of Brown on Saturday concludes a month of bizarre drama that captivated football fans and analysts nationally. There was AB’s search for an acceptable helmet, his missed practices, a fiery confrontation with his GM, a Nike-like ad from Brown’s camp featuring a potentially illegal recording of Jon Gruden, a $54k fine from the Raiders, Brown’s loss of $30 million in guaranteed money, and then today his request for a release which the Raiders granted.
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And that’s fine ! 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 #NOMore #theyputblindersonahorseforareason #NoMoreFake
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The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today.
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 7, 2019
“We just have exhausted everything,” Gruden said during a press conference Saturday afternoon via NBC Sports. “We tried every way possible to make it work. And all I’m gonna say is it’s disappointing.
“I wish Antonio the best. I’m sorry we never got a chance to see him in silver and black. Very disappointing. I looked forward to coaching him but it’s not going to happen. He’s a good guy. He’s misunderstood by a lot of people but he’s a good guy, he’s a great player, and I hope he gets what he’s looking for,” Gruden said. “I just don’t think it worked. It didn’t fit here.”
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