Antonio Brown’s insistence at wearing old helmet is “most insane thing” ever

AP

Maybe now the Raiders have an idea why the Steelers traded a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver to them for such a low price.

Since he joined the Raiders, Antonio Brown has frustrated his new team by showing up late to numerous meetings and then often appearing unfocused in them, according to Michael Silver of the NFL. Brown is distracted by several tablets and his cell phone during meetings, checking his bank accounts and perusing Instagram, Silver reports.

That’s not even the biggest issue, though.

“The meeting thing isn’t that bad,” a source told Silver, “but the feet, helmet and going dark is an issue.”

Although a report earlier Friday said Brown is expected to rejoin the Raiders at training camp “sometime in the near future,” Brown’s issue with his helmet, which prompted him to file a grievance, apparently is what has kept him from Napa since late last week. It also caused him to storm out in protest during an organized team activity, according to Silver.

“He’s still freaking out about it,” an unnamed Raiders player told Silver. “He hasn’t been here for awhile, and no one knows where he’s at.”

Even before injuring his feet in a cryotherapy chamber, Brown’s resistance to complying with the NFL’s enhanced enforcement of helmet regulations “alarmed” coaches and teammates, per Silver. Team officials continually have told Brown he can’t wear his old helmet, which PFT has reported is just that — too old.

Brown continues to protest either verbally or by refusing to wear the new helmet.

“Honestly, the most insane thing I have ever heard,” a source told Silver. “I don’t know why it’s so important to him. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Brown, who has worn the same helmet for his entire career, initially was told in May that he would have to switch to a new helmet.

Brown, though, complained at the first organized team activity that he was being singled out. He stormed out of the facility, with team officials texting Brown video footage of Aaron Rodgers, who also has to change helmets, in an approved model.

Brown returned the following day and “acted like nothing had happened.” He practiced with the new helmet.

Days later, however, Brown again tried to wear his old helmet, which he repainted with colors
“approximating — but not completely mimicking — the Raiders’ silver-and-black design,” according to Silver. Brown complied, wearing a new model after team officials again told him his old helmet was banned.

The Raiders believed the issue was resolved when training camp began, but Brown arrived on the practice field with his old helmet.

Brown is expected to have a hearing on his grievance next week.

Meanwhile, whether it’s his feet or the helmet issue, Brown hasn’t participated in a full practice during camp and has taken part in only one of the Raiders’ 11 sessions.

Hard Knocks addressed none of the Brown saga during Tuesday’s premiere and made no mention of what is medically wrong with Brown’s feet, saying only the star receiver “is hobbled by injuries to his feet.”

59 responses to “Antonio Brown’s insistence at wearing old helmet is “most insane thing” ever

  1. NFL should just grandfather it in…like the NHL did when they forced younger players to wear helmets, then facemasks….hey. it’s his dome..

  2. Hey, I know exactly how he feels. I refuse to use anything newer than Excel 2000 for my spreadsheets. Take that you young whippersnappers!

  3. On paper the Raiders fleeced the Steelers for that player. In reality, clearly not a place AB resides, the Steelers clearly won that trade.

  4. patsbrat says:

    August 9, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Wow. Just imagine what this guy is going to get into when (if) he lands in Vegas.

    __________________________________

    Debt, he’s going to get into debt.

  5. @sexyrexy5000

    Why would Pittsburgh be laughing? Sure, they made out better in the deal, but they wasted some of their prime years on this nutjob. They hung onto him until he forced his way out. They would still be hanging onto him if he hadn’t. That’s not something to be proud of or gloat about.

  6. i’m gonna give this helmet a pretty little bush. right there. it’s our little secret. what a nice bush it is.

    -AB painting his helmet.

  7. “I refuse to use anything newer than Excel 2000 for my spreadsheets. Take that you young whippersnappers!”

    Lolz I still have an old Mac SE and some 3.5″ floppy disks floating around somewhere, got you beat!

  8. I think the current helmet stuff is a smokescreen to distract from the fact that his cryotherapy-burned feet won’t allow him to play at full speed for months.

  9. “Days later, however, Brown again tried to wear his old helmet, which he repainted with colors
    “approximating — but not completely mimicking — the Raiders’ silver-and-black design,” ”

    Hilarious. His arts and crafts teacher must be proud. Would love to see a photo of what that paint job looked like. Surprised he didn’t post it on twitter or somewhere lolz

  10. This is the guy they said is better than Julio Jones. Who is in camp. Working his tail off. Y’all can keep AB.

  11. Seriously? I would request a new helmet every year if it was my head on the line. Someone needs to tell him that the stuff the helmet is made of degrades and weakens over time. 7 years is way too long to use that on the field.

  12. Someone not paying attention in meetings isn’t important? That’s a quote? Okay we know Silver is lying again

  13. If you were on your job and you did not adhere to their dress policy you would not be employed long.

  14. He did Buffalo a solid. Thanks knucklehead!!

    If a player ever needed to be slammed through a table lit on fire…probably a metaphors for how his life will turn out

  15. I can’t understand how you thimbs down on the Raiders getting their signing bonus back. I could not care less about the Raiders or their financial situation. I do run a small business and I know what its like to get screwed. I can guarantee the thumbs downers must wither be so blinded by ideology or live off the government.

  16. Gruden needs to take a stand because if he does nothing Brown will just keep walking all over them and there’ll be a controversy by Week 3 about what flavor Gatorade is being served and what laundry detergent the team uses.

  17. The Raiders should check the “medical facility” where he did the cryofreezing therapy to see if he dunked his head in the liquid and not just his feet

  18. Easy solution: Have him sign a waiver that any and all head trauma from this point forward is 100% his own fault and the NFL has no liability. Then he can wear whatever helmet he wants.

  19. Some people just need a spanking. Make his discipline public. He has to have done something that falls under the conduct detrimental umbrella by now. Hold a presser and announce that the Raiders will no longer tolerate such stupidity and selfishness and then send him a 5 day letter and sit on his rights when he throws another tantrum and retires.

  20. harrisonhits2 says:
    August 9, 2019 at 5:28 pm
    “I refuse to use anything newer than Excel 2000 for my spreadsheets. Take that you young whippersnappers!”

    Lolz I still have an old Mac SE and some 3.5″ floppy disks floating around somewhere, got you beat!

    ——

    I still have a TI 99/4A…..of about 1981 vintage….that still worked last time I tried it about 6 or 7 years ago (had to show my adult kids). Hooked it up to a TV using an RF modulator (I think that is what it was called). Used 5.25″ floppy disks…..the ones that were actually floppy. I imagine if I hooked it up to a 55″ TV the pixels would probably be 1/2″ X 1/2″.

  21. I’ll get HBO if they put all of this on hard knocks. It can be used as evidence for his insanity defense when he is broke and I’m trouble in a few years

  22. It doesn’t matter if he uses the new helmet or the old helmet, it’s what’s under the helmet that is defective.

  23. I think Antonio has serious problems. He allowed his feet to freeze. He has allowed his head to get so big it won’t fit in his helmet. And his work ethic makes him suitable to manage the fry station at Hardee’s/Carl’s Junior.

  24. It’s fun to think of Jon Gruden the MNF analyst talking about the situation Jon Gruden the football coach is dealing with.

  25. Watching episode 1 of Hard Knocks, it looks like AB is practcing too hard and Gruden warns him to slow down because of his feet.
    AB refuses to ease up, so Gruden tells the trainer “Take his helmet” in order to protect AB’s feet. Not his head.
    What gives? Is someone trying to create drama for Hard Knovks ratings?
    Or, are the Raiders trolling everyone because the league forced them to do Hard Knocks against their will?
    Fake news has become a way of life.

  26. Someone on here used the phrase “Crazier than a bag of cats” when discussing Josh Norman, and I believe it applies to Mr Brown as well…But I do suspect someone’s hiding something and doesn’t want to be found out, and is making up this crazy helmet issue….Like someone else said above, the frostbite on the feet is probably terribly embarrassing and going to take months to heal, so he’s trying to delay as a cover up.

  27. Talent tolerant. He is what he has always been. You think Grimacing Chuckie would think about it for 5 minutes if a no.2 was pulling this $#1T. I love they way Clown is exposing this fraud

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