Antonio Brown Practicing In Certified Helmet

Raiders GM Mike Mayock expressed his frustrations with Antonio Brown over the weekend, and he implied that he wouldn’t entertain Brown’s drama much longer. Mayock said, “[h]e’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. From our perspective, it’s time for him to be all-in or all-out.”

Whether Mayock’s words were the impetus behind it or not, Adam Schefter of reports that Brown — who reported to practice on Monday, though the club’s walk-through was ultimately canceled — practiced today with a certified helmet (Twitter link). Obviously, that’s a good sign for the Raiders, as it suggests that even if Brown loses his second helmet-related grievance, he will play nicely and go along with whatever headgear the league tells him he must wear.

Speaking of that second grievance, Ian Rapoport of tweets that an arbitrator will hear Brown’s case on Friday, so this matter should be wrapped up fairly quickly. But since Brown is involved, it’s hard to say for certain.

Brown, of course, had been trying to have his prized Schutt AiR Advantage helmet certified by the league, and Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic says that the NFL’s Canadian testing lab has ordered some 2011 Schutt helmets from Virginia Tech (Twitter link). Earlier reports suggested that a 2011 Schutt AiR Advantage failed safety testing, but perhaps the league is attempting to compromise by finding AB a different model from the same maker.

We should have some more clarity after Friday’s hearing, but you can probably expect to hear more Brown-related reports in the meantime.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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22 comments on “Antonio Brown Practicing In Certified Helmet

  1. crosseyedlemon

    “We should have some more clarity after Friday’s hearing, but you can probably expect to hear more Brown-related reports in the meantime.”

    And you thought my choice of avatars was an accident.

    • jorge78

      It’s all about attention to
      distract from the extremely stupid thing he did to his foot. He learned that move from Trump, the liar and distracted in chief!

      • Ironman_4life

        So Trump advised AB to go put his feet in a frozen chamber? Get out more.

        • highplainsdriftr

          He may have. Trump is a born loser, being a rich boy saved him. But he sure can convince people of anything it seems.

          • imindless

            Love when uneducated people who watch biased media outlets try to say trump is bad. Just goes to show how our education system has failed.

          • Ironman_4life

            So Trump is a born loser because he’s a billionaire I’d really like to know what you do for a living? Oh and by the way he won in 2016

  2. madmanTX

    How long til AB fakes a head injury and blames the NFL and the new helmet for it?

    • lambeau gang

      Considering he should be practicing against Burfict on a daily basis, any day now.

  3. jorge78

    What? The NFL doesn’t buy
    A testing lab in a foriegn

    • crosseyedlemon

      Having the testing done in Canada makes good sense since you only have to pay them 75 cents on the dollar.

        • Cobe821

          “I got a guy in Mexico little test those helmets,” can you define what the hell this means?

  4. markburgh

    The drama is just beginning and everyone ripped the steelers for getting only a 3/5 lol

  5. walshanater

    What a sell out. I thought he was retiring if he couldn’t wear his old helmet? Just a bunch of loud noise I guess out of his mouth.

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