After spending the most recent NFL season dealing with more drama than a typical episode of The Hills, the Steelers decided to rid themselves of Antonio Brown (who is such a Heidi) by trading him to the Raiders in an impressively lopsided deal.
Given Brown’s recent history of acting out (which may or may not have something to do with CTE), it seemed virtually assured it was only a matter of time until his ego reared its ugly head and that’s exactly what happened last week when the wide receiver announced he’d rather retire than be forced to wear a new helmet after the NFL banned the one he’d donned during his time in Pittsburgh.
Brown’s bizarre frostbite injury was quickly overshadowed by his most recent temper tantrum, and after filing a formal grievance with the league, the NFL gave Brown some bad news on Monday when it announced it wouldn’t be changing its tune.
Brown turned to a bold strategy when he threatened litigation against the organization if he suffers a concussion while playing but his bluff was called when an arbitrator ruled against him in the matter (although someone discovered a loophole on Monday that could give him a happy ending).
It’s worth noting Brown isn’t the only person impacted by the NFL’s helmet policy, as Tom Brady was also informed he’d have to switch up his head bucket this season because the one he’d previously worn was no longer certified for safety.
Based on an Instagram post Brady threw up on Tuesday morning, it looks like one man is handling the transition a bit better than the other.
Brown might finally be returning to practice today but I have a feeling this won’t be the last time he’ll be at the center of attention for all of the wrong reasons.