Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is threatening to retire from football if he’s not allowed to play with the model helmet he’s used his entire career. Earlier this week, he filed a grievance against the NFL regarding the subject.
While it’s clear that Brown is upset, many in the football world are questioning whether he’d actually go through with retiring from the game.
ESPN’s Louis Riddick took to Twitter on Saturday night with a few thoughts on the matter. He thinks that Brown will eventually give in and play in 2019. He also said that he’s hearing the reports that Brown had gone “radio silent” on the Raiders are “BS.”
Brown hasn’t practiced in a number of days for the Raiders.
Antonio Brown & #Raiders are the hot item, so I’ll offer my thoughts: 1) I’m hearing the “going dark” and “radio silence” stuff being put out there is bs. 2) His wanting to wear his old helmet is dumb. The studies in helmet safety/technology prove that. 3) I bet he plays in 2019
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) August 10, 2019
While Brown’s model helmet isn’t officially outlawed, the exact helmet he’s worn his whole career is now too old to be approved by the league. So he’ll have to find a new model to use.
That is, unless he’s able to win his grievance. Then he’d be allowed to use the same helmet he’s always worn.
We’ll know more this week when a decision is made. Until then, you can expect Brown’s name to be in the news cycle nonstop.