Just when it seemed the Antonio Brown helmet saga could not get any stranger … it got stranger.
The Raiders wide receiver launched a search on Twitter on Tuesday, trying to find a football helmet he can wear.
Brown tweeted, “I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In exchange I will trade a signed practice worn @Raiders helmet.”
“I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In exchange I will trade a signed practice worn @Raiders helmet.”
— AB (@AB84) August 13, 2019
Brown’s helmet ordeal has gone beyond mere football news into the realm of the bizarre. First, the NFL told him he couldn’t use his old helmet, because it was not approved anymore. Brown showed up at practice with an old Steelers helmet he had crudely repainted with colors approximating the Raiders design. More recently, Brown has refused to play without his old helmet.
Pro Football Talk reported Monday night the NFL will allow Brown to wear the specific model of Schutt helmet he loves, provided it is less than 10 years old.
So Brown decided to crowdsource his search for a new (old) helmet to Twitter.
As one might expect, Brown’s quest has drawn plenty of colorful responses. As some tweets noted, Brown’s offer of an autographed helmet seems mighty low considering he reportedly threatened to retire if he can’t play with an old helmet.
Check Craigslist under “clown clothes”
— Joel Zoufaly (@JoelZoufaly) August 13, 2019
I’ve got one! Any chance you can get me JuJu’s signed helmet though?
— TheRealness (@TheRealness20) August 13, 2019
Dude you better be prepared to pay six figures for this hat. You kinda tipped your hand about how important this is to you. And about how much money you have.
— Michael Salfino (@MichaelSalfino) August 13, 2019
You’re a fool if you give him that helmet just for what he’s offering. Mans was ready to quit football over it😭 you have all the bargaining chips in your hand guys
— Dominick Ruocco (@DominickRuocco) August 13, 2019
— ThePoolTableGuy🎱 (@ProBilliards1) August 13, 2019
You’re about to make 30 million, and all I get is a smelly practice jersey that you got for free, and wrote your name on it?
10k and it’s yours.
— Mr. Ohio (@MrOH1O) August 13, 2019
— okc in rebuild mode (@Kingjay15532889) August 13, 2019
Remember when Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he expected “drama” from Brown? He had no idea what he was getting into.