Antonio Brown’s latest helmet grievance hearing is over

AP

And now we play the waiting game. Again.

Antonio Brown Helmet Grievance 2.0 went to Antonio Brown Helmet Grievance Hearing 2.0 on Friday. It’s already over, per multiple reports.

A decision is expected next week.

Brown’s first helmet grievance went to a hearing two weeks ago. Three days later, Brown lost.

The second grievance is much stronger than the first one, primarily because the first grievance was so weak. This time around, Brown essentially is claiming that the NFL has tried to ban the Schutt AiR Advantage on the fly, without giving him the same one-year grace period that others (like Tom Brady) received when their preferred helmet models were banned in 2018.

It’s a solid argument, and the arbitrator is neutral and independent. But it still seems like an uphill climb for Brown, primarily since the NFL always seems to win.

52 responses to “Antonio Brown’s latest helmet grievance hearing is over

  1. When AB wins, he may actually lose, because he suffered a concussion in 2016 and missed a playoff game wearing his old helmet. If he suffers another concussion with the old model of helmet, then he has nobody to blame but himself. If I were him, I would change to the newer model voluntarily.

  2. Question: Will AB assume all CTE risk and not seek money from the league by using a non-league approved helmet?

    I think we all know the answer to that question…

  3. At some point. Someone needs to realize, that maybe just maybe he is doing all of this for the sake just skipping all the practices, and preseason. Not saying he isn’t training or anything like that. But we all know, deep down that no vet likes Preseason, they know their place, they know what is expected, but that doesn’t mean they want to be there. Maybe this is just that. Just maybe he is playing it off as something it isn’t.

  4. If he loses, can we stop hearing about how “strong” this particular grievance is?

  5. His grace period was last year, like every other player. He chose not to take advantage of it, knowing that his helmet was too old. The league couldn’t ban it because there were none available to test. Are you suggesting the NFL should have scoured the country for an example of every model of helmet, new or used, manufactured in the past 10 years?

  6. But Brady’s helmet wasn’t banned in 2018, it’s banned this year. Stop making it sound as if the NFL somehow bent the rules just for Brady (and so could be done this year for just Brown) when all players in 2018 could take advantage of the delayed start to the regulation change – AND SEVERAL DID. Presumably if Brown’s helmet had been tested last year he’d have been told it would fail but that a ban wouldn’t be enforced until 2019.

  7. I’m not sure why it’s necessary to mention Tom Brady as an example of a player who was given a grace year to use an older helmet. A different example could be Antonio Brown. Who used a non-certified (but not banned) helmet last year as well. This wasn’t sprung on him at the beginning of training camp.

  8. Is the helmet model banned or the specific helmet? If the model itself isn’t banned, he shouldn’t have a grace period. The NFL could say that the Air Advantage is safe, but that specific helmet he has cannot be certified.

  9. Florio: [Quote]It’s a solid argument, and the arbitrator is neutral and independent. But it still seems like an uphill climb for Brown, primarily since the NFL always seems to win.[Quote] _____________________________________________________________________________ And who is paying this neutral and independent arbitrator again?

  10. cjmcfootball says:
    August 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm
    I’m not sure why it’s necessary to mention Tom Brady as an example of a player who was given a grace year to use an older helmet. A different example could be Antonio Brown. Who used a non-certified (but not banned) helmet last year as well. This wasn’t sprung on him at the beginning of training camp.
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    Actually, it was certified last year. It is 10 years old now so it can’t be certified now… Brady’s was banned they just gave a 1 year grace period… come on keep up.

  11. Someone here made a good point. If AB wins and wears his own helmet then gets a concussion and CTE he can bring litigation against the NFL and win. Is it possible that AB is brilliant and setting up for a huge settlement payday?

  12. AB stopped playing football in week 16 last season. How coincidental that he didn’t begin this pouting and grievance process until training camp. Mayock’s gotta be absolutely seething right now.

  13. Previous seasons of Hard Knocks have featured players it was easy to like and take interest in. This season…not so much.

  14. Where has it been stated, by the NFL, that they have now banned the helmet? Just because Brown can’t find one that will pass the required testing, doesn’t mean that the helmet is banned. Also, why would anyone think that Brown could go out, buy a helmet on the street, put it on and play without any testing?

  15. He does not have a solid argument. Any helmet not on the NFL’s approved helmet list is a banned helmet. I’m not sure what about that is so difficult for you to understand.

  16. He is buying time for the feet to heal. He’s not 100% right now….BUT 112 rec. 1592 yards 16 td’s. No corner in the NFL can handle AB 1 on 1. He demands the double team and still produces. The Porsche is in the shop baby !

  17. Its pretty hard to believe that he cannot find a helmet that will work & meets current safety regulations. One has to wonder if he wants to find one or if he wants to fight the NFL.

  18. theitalianarmy says:

    August 23, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    He is buying time for the feet to heal. He’s not 100% right now….BUT 112 rec. 1592 yards 16 td’s. No corner in the NFL can handle AB 1 on 1. He demands the double team and still produces. The Porsche is in the shop baby !

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    I’ll take a quiet 65 Rec 900 Yds 8 TD receiver on my team any day before i want to have this drama.

  19. The Raiders have more quality receivers than they’ll have room on their roster. Brown doesn’t need practice. Brown doesn’t need to take reps away from the guys who are competing for roster spots. I’s say there is a better chance of Brown being first team all pro, than there is of him missing a game.

  20. AB is really dragging the Raider team down by all this nonsense. This will hurt the Raiders till AB is on board because, hey, Davis PAID him all THIS $$ to be a superstar for the Raiders. All he’s been is a super pia.

  21. Sports people are very superstitious so wanting to keep his helmet makes plenty of sense

  22. Is it possible that AB is brilliant…?
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    Totally impossible, he’s not even partially intelligent.

  23. ‘This guy is a constant distraction and continues to vaporize just when you think his teammates can depend on him.

    Sincerely,

    Barrett Robinson

  24. jjfootball says:
    August 23, 2019 at 4:44 pm
    All the haters are mad at a b because he didn’t come and play for their team!!!!

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    No other team would take him

  25. steelpenguin6687 says:
    August 23, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Where has it been stated, by the NFL, that they have now banned the helmet? Just because Brown can’t find one that will pass the required testing, doesn’t mean that the helmet is banned. Also, why would anyone think that Brown could go out, buy a helmet on the street, put it on and play without any testing?

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    Brown has found multiple helmets that met the rules of being under 10 years old. Once he found at least two of them that would be under the 10 year old rule the NFL banned the helmet style itself. It was posted here, literally, there AND everywhere. The NFL waited on him to find a helmet that fit their rules and the NFL moved the goal line. Just like in Canadia last night.

  26. If he loses this appeal will he threaten to walk away from football again? Something tells me the Raiders wouldn’t mind that. They’d be getting rid of a headache and saving all that money.

  27. This guy is just avoiding camp

    Simply put… he’s less of a man than those men competing

  28. It’s not about moving the goalposts. It’s about having to deal with someone who won’t buy into anything team related. Diva, Prima Donna, spoiled brat. Eventually when, not if, his $ runs out he’ll be that which truly frightens him, irrelevant.

  29. The season cannot get here fast enough. As soon as week 1 hits and he plays his first game (in a brand new helmet) we wont hear another word about this. This has got to be up there for one of the most annoying off season story lines of all time.

  30. @War27

    I’m looking for an official statement from the league that the helmet is officially banned. So far, not finding one. The last word from the league PR person said no player can play/practice unless they have an approved helmet, he did not say that specific helmet was banned. The helmet might as well be banned though, as he isn’t going to find one that will pass testing.

  31. Antonio needs to take up Badminton. They have no rules against the Schutt AiR Advantage helmet.

  32. The failed test of the helmet moved it to the banned list on the NFL. All you have to do is look, the story is EVERYWHERE….

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