The NFL (indirectly) responds to Raiders receiver Antonio Brown’s helmet complaint
Aug 13 2019
Brown's Schutt Air Advantage helmet is no longer allowed because the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) rule that helmets 10 years or older can not be recertified.
"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", Brown tweeted. "The problem is when you go out and get an Antonio Brown, you're paying for Brown - and Tyrell Williams is the same way, the guy they got from the Chargers - those guys win at the deeper intermediate levels".
Brown has mostly been sidelined due to a painful foot condition, but vowed to return to his team as soon as he recovers enough to compete.
Antonio Brown has been sidelined recently due to a freakish foot injury, but now his National Football League future might be in question over something even more odd. Third party testing by an independent, certified helmet testing facility has proven that, three years in a row.
Although, it probably won't be.
If Brown doesn't wear a league-approved helmet this season, the Raiders will subject to league discipline, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN. I'd hate to be the NFL. It really wasn't his fault, and it's a serious injury.
Brown has reportedly filed a grievance with the league. Brown is also not allowed to show up to practice with out-dated equipment as he and the Raiders can be fined for the violation. "I've got some plays for him and I hope I can start calling them". We're going to support him, and whatever his decision is, we'll stand by it. The other part is psychological, pushing the right buttons to get the best out of a particular player. He enjoyed a good season in 2018 with with 104 receptions for 1,297, and a career-high 15 touchdown, before being drafted into the Raiders' side in 2019.