Next week’s episode of “Hard Knocks” is going to be really good.
Earlier today it was reported that Antonio Brown filed a grievance with the NFL so that he could wear his old helmet that is currently in violation of the league’s helmet rule policy.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has filed a grievance against the NFL to be allowed to wear the helmet he prefers, not one of the helmets that league rules mandate, league sources told ESPN on Friday.
Brown is expected to have a hearing about the helmet as early as next week, and an arbitrator will decide whether he gets to wear the one he wants.
Long-standing NFL rules requiring players to wear certified helmets say he can’t. The helmet that Brown is comfortable in and has worn throughout his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers — believed to be the Schutt Air Advantage helmet, which the company has discontinued making — is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).
Not only has Brown threatened to retire to but Michael Silver is reporting that he’s driving his teammates and coaches crazy over the helmet issue.