The NFL (indirectly) responds to Raiders receiver Antonio Brown’s helmet complaint

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

Brown is in a massive feud with the league over his favorite Schutt helmet. with the NFL barring the superstar wide out from wearing the headgear he's donned for the past decade.

While Antonio Brown continues his holdout over the National Football League mandated change, Brady has already tried some of the approved options - and he isn't a fan. The NFL began enforcing bans on de-certified helmet models this season.

It didn't take long to hear the end result of "helmet gate" as Adam Schefter reported Monday that an arbitrator ruled against Brown's effort to wear his old helmet. Brown is basically saying he won't play in a helmet he doesn't like and he isn't going to risk a breach in his contract while the matter is being sorted out.

"Yeah, they kind of spoke to me a year ago about it", Brady said Monday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show".

Brown has yet to be a full participant in Raiders training camp practices while he deals with a bad case of frostbite on his feet, although he was cleared to practice on July 28.

Following these reports, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden publicly expressed his support for Brown regarding the helmet issue.

"He has a strong feeling about what he's worn on his head, and we're supporting him".

"We understand the league's position as well, so we're in a tough spot, and we hope Antonio is here soon because he's exciting to be around".

"It's been a long time coming, so I knew like anybody, the rules are the rules so you've got to evolve with them", Witten said. "I'm excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet". "I think that's what needs to be said", Gruden told ESPN.

"It was a total accident and injury that he's looking to get right from, and hopefully, with all the people that have seen it, that he's gotten it cured, and he's ready to roll".

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