Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown lost his helmet grievance case against the National Football League on Monday. It was reported last week that Brown would stop playing football if he was no longer allowed to wear his old helmet, one that is 10 years old and is no longer approved by the league.
The Raiders previously sent Brown multiple certified helmets to try, but he didn't like any of them, claiming they obstructed his vision. "My last helmet, I wore it the last four Super Bowls, so it was a pretty great helmet for me". But it may be for the best that Brady isn't taking the league to task himself, as NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy seemed unequivocal about the new helmet rule in a tweet Monday morning.
Essentially, Brown will not get paid by the Raiders until he decides to wear an NFL-approved helmet.
The 31-year-old has certainly had a tumultuous offseason, to say the least.
Brown's unpredictable nature, and an ESPN report that he threatened retirement over the helmet issue, heightened the attention surrounding Brown's absence from Raiders camp.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden defended Brown over the weekend, but it remains unclear when he will be back with the franchise.
Just after it was released that the arbitrator decided not to allow the older style of helmet, Brown took to his twitter account, where he states that he's going to rejoin his teammates on the field after getting back to full health. "I'm excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet". "I've been experimenting with a couple different ones, and I don't really love the one that I'm in, but I don't really have much of a choice". I know that some people are [joking about] it, but it's really not a laughing matter.