Yet Brown may somehow come out a winner as this saga comes to a close.
According to Pro Football Talk, Brown will have his choice of a new, customized helmet from several different helmet manufacturers who want to sign the star receiver to an endorsement deal.
The 31-year-old had just reworked his contract with the Raiders to guarantee him $30 million over the next three years and appears to have found another business opportunity throughout this whole ordeal.
Brown first filed a grievance with the league at the beginning of the month and threatened to retire if he could not wear his helmet, which is older than 10 years old and no longer certified. After losing the grievance, he attempted to expose a loophole where he found a helmet from the same manufacturer made in 2010, but it failed the NFL’s safety test.
Brown filed the second grievance arguing he should be allowed a one-year grace period before phasing out his helmet.
While all this unfolded, Brown has been off the field for the Raiders as he recovers from extreme frostbite on his feet that he sustained in July from using a cryogenic chamber without the proper footwear.
The Raiders open the season on Sept. 9 in Denver on Monday Night Football and are hopeful Brown will be ready to suit up by then.