Hard-headed wide receiver Antonio Brown will not drop this helmet battle.
The controversial Oakland Raiders star has filed a new grievance against the NFL in his latest bid to wear his old helmet on the field this season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday.
The move comes after Brown again left the Raiders after the league denied him the option of wearing his old helmet. As a result, GM Mike Mayock made it clear that Brown’s behavior wasn’t about to be tolerated.
“You all know that AB is not here today, right?” Mayock said in a Sunday news conference. “So, here’s the bottom line: He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that, we can appreciate that. But at this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief.
Brown is fighting for the right to wear his Schutt AiR Advantage helmet, which is no longer certified by NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) because it will not certify a helmet that's more than 10 years old. As a result, Brown filed a grievance and the NFL won, but he was hoping to exploit a loophole that if he found another Schutt AiR Advantage helmet less than 10 years old, he would be allowed to wear it.
When he did, the NFL conducted a safety inspection on Saturday and informed Brown it had failed, thus closing the loophole and ticking off Brown. The Raiders receiver claimed the NFL was being “super prejudice” in a tweet Saturday night.