The Antonio Brown helmet saga continues.
The 31-year-old wide receiver has filed another grievance against the NFL over the issue, according to multiple reports, including one from ESPN.
Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown filed a new grievance against the NFL in an attempt to be able to wear the helmet he wants, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 20, 2019
A report from NFL.com adds:
“(Brown is) arguing that he should be afforded the same rights provided to other NFL players to have a 1-year grace period to phase out his helmet in the 2019 season. He claims the NFL is arbitrarily applying rules.”
The helmet Brown wore with the Steelers is no longer on the NFL’s approved list. He lost an arbitration appeal to use the old model earlier this month and reportedly threatened to retire if he couldn’t use the helmet.
The NFL and Brown had reached a compromise which would have allowed him to use the helmet model he likes if he could find one made within the past 10 years. But, the league reversed that decision Sunday after the helmet went through additional testing, according to ProFootballTalk. Brown then skipped Oakland’s practice.
“Here’s the bottom line,” Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said Sunday. “He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that, we appreciate that. At this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So, from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in or all out. We’re hoping he’s back soon.
“We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails. We’re really excited about where this franchise is going and we hope A.B. is going to be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story.”
GM Mike Mayock issued a statement today regarding Antonio Brown. pic.twitter.com/5ueLsrOmid
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) August 18, 2019
Brown reportedly returned to the Raiders on Monday as the team broke training camp. No practice or walkthrough was held.
The Raiders held a team meeting today as camp breaks, and Antonio Brown was there. As a point of clarification, there was no practice or walk through held today in Napa.
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) August 19, 2019
The Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers in March in exchange for draft picks. He caught 74 touchdown passes and made seven Pro Bowls during his nine seasons with Pittsburgh.
Brown has also dealt with frostbitten feet, an injury caused by a cryotherapy equipment mishap, in training camp.
The Raiders have two preseason games remaining before they host the Broncos in Week 1 action Sept. 9.