Antonio Brown still ‘upset’ over helmet issue
Antonio Brown lost the grievance he filed against the NFL and has accepted that he will not be able to wear his old helmet anymore, but apparently he is still not over the issue entirely.
Brown took part in a team walkthrough with the Oakland Raiders over the weekend, but apparently he has not returned to practice as a full participant. Mike Mayock said Sunday that Brown is still upset over the helmet dispute, and the GM said the team needs to know “if he’s all in or all out.”
Raiders’ GM Mike Mayock said WR Antonio Brown is still not at practice because he’s still upset with helmet issue. “We need to know if he’s all in or all out,” Mayock said.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 18, 2019
That is the first time the Raiders have publicly admitted they are frustrated with Brown, but who can blame them? The NFL has safety standards in place for which helmets are allowed, and Brown’s old model doesn’t meet them. The fact that he is allowing the situation to drag out so long is almost hard to believe.
Brown claims he never actually considered retirement over the helmet dispute, so it’s unclear what he is trying to accomplish. He’s also dealing with a nasty foot issue, but Mayock’s comments indicate the helmet saga is the big problem.