Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Antonio Brown Helmet Grievance Finally Addressed By The NFL

Antonio Brown Helmet Grievance Finally Addressed By The NFL

"The player can't practice or play in games with equipment that's not approved", National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy tweeted.

The player can't practice or play in games with equipment that's not approved.

Just because Tom Brady isn't threatening to boycott the league, doesn't mean he is happy with the NFL's new helmet policy. They don't certify equipment that's older than 10 years.

And, according to The Athletic's Daniel Kaplan, a source said Brown reportedly stated that if he suffered a head injury in a helmet he was told to wear by the NFL, he would hold the league liable.

The Oakland Raiders traded for wide receiver Antonio Brown this offseason knowing he's been known to stir it up a little bit.

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Brady said he'd been wearing the same helmet since at least 2004. "And I hated to put it on the shelf, but that was what they said to do".

After Browns filed a grievance last week due to the NFL prohibiting to wear his old helmet, NFL PR man Brian McCarthy tweeted that a player can't use equipment that isn't approved or he will be in breach of his contract. Brown's Schutt Air Advantage helmet is no longer allowed because the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) rule that helmets 10 years or older can not be recertified. NFL Management Council general counsel Larry Ferazani and a representative of the NFL Player's Association along with Darren Heitner, Brown's legal aid, attended. Whether applied to Brady, Brown or anyone else, the rule makes sense, and players need to accept it if they're going to keep playing in the NFL.

By now, you've probably heard that Brown has been forbidden from using his preferred helmet model, the Schutt Air Advantage.

The Raiders didn't practice Monday but are hoping to get Brown back on the field soon.

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