Hard Knocks apparently stops soft-pedaling the Antonio Brown situation

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The first two episodes of this year’s Hard Knocks didn’t say all that much about Raiders receiver Antonio Brown. Tonight’s new episode apparently will say plenty.

The trailer for Tuesday’s Episode Three focuses exclusively on Brown and his various difficulties and issues.

“The feet feeling a lot better,” Brown says in the trailer. “I’ve got brand new skin, it all trimmed up. It’s been a journey, man. I feel a lot better. Working with the NFL, getting the right equipment, been working hard on the side to get going and take care of the feet. So I mean I want to give it to my teammates so hopefully soon. Get out there, get to work. You know, too much noise right now. More work less noise.”

It’s unclear when the clip was recorded. Given the events of the past few weeks, that’s a relevant consideration. Regardless, Brown’s current sentiment regarding the league prevailed at the time he said what he said.

“Feel like I was enemy of the f–king state,” Brown says.

He probably still feels that way, given the efforts undertaken by the league to keep him from wearing his preferred helmet model.

Although the issue of Brown’s feet and magic helmet seems to be a centerpiece of tonight’s show, it’s highly unlikely that the Raiders will continue to refuse to allow the issue to be presented in a way that makes Brown look bad. And given that the series is produced by NFL Films (i.e., the NFL), it’s highly unlikely that NFL Films will present the lingering helmet fight in a way that makes the league look bad.

In this case, there’s no escaping that fact that the league failed to previously test the Schutt AiR Advantage for overall fitness for use. Whether the league is fighting Brown’s effort to get a one-year grace period now that the AiR Advantage has been banned to gloss over that failure or to keep Brown from winning (or both), don’t look for NFL Films to delve into the issue with the kind of candor that would be required to tell the whole story.

11 responses to “Hard Knocks apparently stops soft-pedaling the Antonio Brown situation

  1. You need to give people credit for deciding for themselves what to think about situations. We all are aware what goes on with editing to suit a narrative that a particular organisation wants to put out there. Wether it’s the NFL, FOX or the Clown News Network. It’s interesting to me how my opinion has changed on players, coaches and owners watching these fly on the wall series. I never liked Cam Newton for example until I watched All or Nothing. Now I quite like the guy and his quirky ways. I quite like Brown now only after a couple of episodes. Even Gruden who i absolutely detested before watching him on hard knocks. I always thought he put on an act but that’s really the way he is. Lol

  2. In this case, there’s no escaping that fact that the league failed to previously test the Schutt AiR Advantage for overall fitness for use. Whether the league is fighting Brown’s effort to get a one-year grace period now that the AiR Advantage has been banned to gloss over that failure or to keep Brown from winning (or both), don’t look for NFL Films to delve into the issue with the kind of candor that would be required to tell the whole story.

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    Why would the league test a helmet model which went out of mass production 10 years ago which due to it’s age would mean it’s ineligible?

    Yes, there are a few that were produced for movies and decoration but only an idiot would try to use a prop as a real helmet.

    Regardless of the way you lean in this stupid grievance, and it is stupid, there is no way an arbiter is going to rule that AB can wear a helmet that hasn’t passed safety tests and there is no way any of those helmets will pass a 2019 safety test. Even if it was in mint condition it still isn’t up to snuff with the modern approved helmets.

  3. Get out there and practice! Yea you’ve been the best in the biz at WR with Pitt, but you have a lot to learn with a new QB and a new system. Learning Carr and how he throws, placement, timing and where he likes to go scrambling is a whole new world that only gets better with practice…again ONLY gets better with practice. AB smells and looks like a guy who got his paycheck and is mailing it in right now or simply too confident. The CB’s he’s going to face in the AFC East are A LOT better than he had in the AFC North….someone might want to mention to him the CB’s with the Chargers and Denver. 2 weeks of practice is no where near enough time to get dialed in with a QB….and this is coming from someone who coaches youth football….even kids need more than 2 weeks at WR working with a new QB to be ready for Friday’s game….I can’t even imagine how many weeks and reps it takes to get ready at the NFL level…..and no it doesn’t matter how good you are….timing only comes from practicing.

  4. Really want to show AB? Don’t give him 1 second of air time on Hard Knocks. Stop talking about him at all and he MIGHT get back in line.

  5. I like to laugh. It’s healthy. I’m sure enjoying the circus AB has brought to the Raiders.

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