There’s some more drama unfolding in Oakland regarding their new superstar wide receiver.
Antonio Brown, who is currently sidelined with extreme frostbite on his feet due to wearing improper footwear in a cryotherapy machine, has filed a grievance with the NFL because he wants to wear his preferred helmet that has been discontinued and no longer compliant with current NFL helmet 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).
Apparently Brown is threatening to no longer play football if the league doesn’t grant his request to use his old helmet.
Apparently, the main reason AB isn’t in camp is because Brown is at odds with both the Raiders and the NFL over the new helmet rule policy.
Update Veteran reporter Michael Silver describes Brown’s time in Oakland as an absolute disaster.