Arbitrator Rules Against Antonio Brown's Helmet Grievance

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2019

It got to the point where ESPN reported that Brown would consider retirement if he couldn't wear the preferred helmet.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is away from the Oakland Raiders training camp, and it's unclear when he will report back to the franchise's Napa Valley headquarters.

NFL PR official Brian McCarthy confirmed the NFL's stance in a tweet on Monday.

"The player can't practice or play in games with equipment that's not approved".

So, the moral of the story is that the National Football League pays the players, so they must follow the NFL's rules, especially due to safety concerns as concussions have become such a large topic throughout the world of sports. "They don't certify equipment that's old than 10 years". 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 can't say I agree with all of them, certainly", Gruden said after the Raiders' 14-3 preseason victory over the L.A. Rams.

"Hey, the guy cares passionately about how he performs out on the field and he truly believes that the helmet makes him better". However, some of the older models can no longer stand up to the rigorous safety testing the league requires. If Brown follows through on his threat and retires from football or voluntarily sits out of team activities, he would void a three-year, $50 million contract that is set to pay him $30 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons.

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 [and] appreciate all the concerns about my feet!"

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