The Antonio Brown experience in Oakland hasn’t exactly started as the Raiders would have hoped.
On Friday afternoon, a new report suggested Brown won’t play for the Raiders this season – unless he can wear his old helmet.
According to a report from Pro Football Talk, Brown must replace his old helmet with an approved model. Mike Florio revealed Brown’s helmet is simply just too old to wear.
Brown is resisting the trade and has now reportedly given the Raiders an ultimatum: “let me wear my old helmet or I won’t play.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news of Brown’s new demands.
And now this: Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown has told team officials that, unless he gets to wear his old helmet, he will not play football again, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2019
Schefter revealed more Brown’s desire to play with his old helmet:
“Brown believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch football. The Raiders have been sending Brown other approved helmets to try out but, at this time, he is not interested in wearing any of them.”
Brown is arguably the best wide receiver in the league.
It’s natural for an athlete to stick to what works for them – equipment wise. However, if he wants to suit up for his new team, he might want to conform to the new rules.
Stay tuned for the latest.