Amid reports that Antonio Brown threatened to quit over an NFL helmet rule change, the Raiders wide receiver posted a cryptic message on social media Friday.
He posted a video of several players around the league — including Packers receiver Davante Adams, Browns safety Damarious Randall and Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds -— talking about how good a receiver Brown is with game highlights of the former Steelers star making big plays.
The caption was the interesting part, though, as it read: “I love the game; I love the hustle. Young-in got doe he can leave the league but if I leave will the fans still gone love me man? #paidinfull.”
It’s not clear what exactly Brown’s message means, especially when he asks if he leaves, will fans still love him. The hashtag also draws questions as to the meaning behind “paid in full.”
The social media post comes after reports emerged Friday saying Brown informed Raiders officials that he will not play for the team unless he can use his old helmet. The only problem is his old helmet is prohibited under NFL rules, which prompted Brown to file a grievance with the NFL over the new regulations, according to ESPN.
Brown has been absent from the Raiders’ training camp, but original reports indicated he was missing as he recovered from a “minor injury” that he got after using a cryotherapy machine “without the proper footwear,” resulting in frostbite. He started training camp on the non-football injury list.
The Raiders open their preseason Saturday against the visiting Rams.