Antonio Brown’s legal team has reportedly issued a new threat to the NFL in the wake of the Oakland Raiders wide receiver’s helmet drama.
The Raiders’ wideout, who’s dealing with a “frostbite” foot issue reportedly caused by cryotherapy, has reportedly threatened to never play football again due to the NFL’s new helmet rule.
“Brown wants to wear the helmet he prefers, not one of the newer-model helmets that league rules mandate, league sources said. Brown believes the new certified helmet protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch the football.
The Raiders have been sending Brown other approved helmets to wear, but at this time, he is not interested in wearing any of them,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
Brown and his team are reportedly threatening to hold the NFL “liable” if Brown were to suffer a head injury in a new helmet, per The Athletic.
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticSF) August 11, 2019
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, however, outlined how the NFL has nothing to worry about when it comes to this threat.
It won’t be. There will be no liability. The NFL and the NFL Players Association have worked closely together to devise safety rules aimed at approving certain helmets and disqualifying certain others. The entire goal is to ensure that players have the safest possible equipment while playing.
Moreover, there can be no liability without compelling proof of causation. How would Brown show that an injury for which he attempts to hold the league liable wouldn’t have happened in his old helmet? Brown would be required, through his own testimony (which would be subject to rigorous cross examination) and the testimony of qualified experts, to show that the only reason the injury happened was because he was required to wear one of the helmets approved by the NFL and the NFLPA and was prevented from wearing his outdated helmet of choice.
Brown, meanwhile, is expected to return to the Oakland Raiders in the coming days, though it’s unclear when he’ll be healthy enough to play (or have a helmet that suits him).