Raiders WR Antonio Brown loses grievance, might not retire after all
Aug 14 2019
"They don't certify equipment that's old than 10 years".
"Antonio Brown believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch football".
Then, a loophole was found that would allow it, but Brown would have to find a helmet that was under 10 years old to get it approved.
Brown's Schutt Air Advantage helmet is no longer allowed because the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association policy, according to which helmets 10 years or older can not be recertified.
Antonio Brown may have lost his fight against the National Football League over his right to wear his old helmet, but he's not giving up hope just yet.
Brown conceded his battle with the league on Monday afternoon in a social media post, but it's fair to wonder if he hasn't already figured out a way to kick the can down the road another year. As of the final week of the 2018 season, 32 players (less than two percent of total players) remained in one of the prohibited helmets.
"While I disagree with the arbitrator's decision, I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field", he wrote on Instagram. "I'm excited about this season [and] appreciate all the concerns about my feet".
Brown was expected to return to Raiders training camp on Tuesday after a lengthy absence. I can't say I agree with all of them, certainly, but I support this guy. "I think that's what needs to be said", Gruden told ESPN. We hope Antonio is back here soon because he's exciting to be around. Brown recently revealed pictures of the injured feet, and head coach Jon Gruden defended the receiver saying the incident "was not his fault". He also argued that his helmet made him feel safe.