Antonio Brown’s Helmet Grievance Responded to by NFL
Earlier today, we reported that Brown has now said he is willing to wear any helmet given to him but he wants to make the league liable in case he somehow ends up with an injury. Now, the NFL is finally getting involved in all of this as spokesperson Brian McCarthy took to Twitter to explain what could happen if Brown doesn’t oblige.
Brown is protesting an NFL policy that doesn’t allow players to wear helmets that are not certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). Helmets older than 10 years cannot be certified, but Brown is apparently insisting on continuing to wear his decade-old model, the Schutt Air Advantage.
The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved. If he doesn’t play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid. Nfl policy is that Helmets have to be certified by NOSCAE. They don’t certify equipment that’s old than 10 years.
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) August 12, 2019
The 31-year-old Brown essentially cut off communication with the Raiders last week, when he left to seek treatment for his frostbitten feet — the result of a cryotherapy session that went horribly wrong. The team reportedly has no idea what the status of his injury is.
Raiders coaches and players are concerned that Brown’s frustration with the new helmet rule may be playing into his extended absence from training camp.
“The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved,” McCarthy explained. “If he doesn’t play or practice, he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid. NFL policy is that helmets have to be certified by NOSCAE. They don’t certify equipment that’s older than 10 years.”