Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown filed a grievance against the NFL last week, hoping to see the league allow him to wear the model helmet he’s worn his entire career. Monday, an arbitrator came to a decision on the matter.
According to multiple reports, the arbitrator ruled that Brown will not be allowed to use his old model helmet. He’ll have to find a new model if he wishes to continue his career.
Brown, last week, reportedly threatened to retire if the league would not approve his request. Now, it looks like he’ll have a decision to make.
Brown’s old helmet model is no longer made by Schutt. The helmet he’s worn his whole career is too old and therefore cannot be approved for use by the league.
An arbitrator ruled against Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown’s grievance to wear his old helmet, per source.
Now Brown must decide if he’s willing to play football with a new helmet he desperately does not want to wear.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 12, 2019
Brown, in short, seems to believe that wearing a different helmet will hurt his performance on the field.
Brown’s contract with the Raiders calls for $30 million in guaranteed money simply if he shows up for work to do his job. If he retires instead, he forfeits all of that money.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers star seems to be out of options here. He’s either going to have to find a new model helmet or actually retire. We’ll see which he chooses.