Antonio Brown loses second helmet grievance, wins eventual endorsement deal

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Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has lost again. And he has won. Again.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the “neutral, independent arbitrator” has found that Brown must find a new helmet model, and that he can not wear the Schutt AiR Advantage. It’s the second time Brown has lost a helmet grievance in less than two weeks.

Brown will accept the decision and move forward in a new helmet. He has narrowed his options, after hearing from multiple companies that wanted to customize a helmet, and that want to pay him to wear it. Thus, on top of the $30 million he’ll make over the next two seasons with the Raiders, he’ll get something more from a helmet manufacturer.

So stay tuned. Brown has every intention of playing in 15 days on the first Monday night of the season, and he’ll be wearing something other than the Schutt AiR Advantage. Though the new manufacturer may not get as much bang for the buck that Schutt has enjoyed over the past 16 days, at least the next helmet model attached to Brown’s name won’t be one that has been discontinued.

40 responses to “Antonio Brown loses second helmet grievance, wins eventual endorsement deal

  1. The Schutt helmet is the reason for the brain damage we’re witnessing. I’m not making jokes — His irrational behavior shouldn’t just be chalked up to being a diva

  2. The ratings will be up for everything he does for the next few weeks. We just can’t keep our eyes off of a train wreck.

  3. Somehow this guy makes a mess of everything and still wins in the end with getting an endorsement deal out of this. I give him some props for that as crazy as it is.

  4. AB is a marketing genius. He will now get paid to wear a helmet. He made a fool out of all the h8rs.

  5. Brown is already wearing a new Schutt model helmet. That’s old news. Why don’t you find out who the unnamed source was that said Brown would retire over the issue. I’d put that person on “Don’t believe” list.

  6. This has all the makings of a great country song. Lost love, thinks he gets his love back, only to be stolen away again.

    Wonder what will be next? Because, make no mistake, there will always be a next.

  7. AB comes out ahead once again. Got traded per his request and received a new deal/extension which guaranteed him more money and now he gets an helmet endorsement deal . Business is still boomin.

  8. I thought we were done talking about this. The season is almost here and Andrew Luck just retired at age 29. Time to move on!

  9. Maybe arbitrators understand the player is usually wrong. Especially attention seeking players. I do get a picture in my minds eye when I read comments from AB boo tae swabs

  10. Why would a helmet company pay this clown to wear their product? Who would want to use a helmet that this guy uses? If I were choosing a helmet, I’d choose whatever option he wasn’t wearing. He’s shown he knows nothing about state of the art protection. He’s a fraud.

  11. tylawspick6 says:
    August 25, 2019 at 2:07 pm
    Gruden enabling a monster.
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    I hope so. Hopefully he will scare the crap out of every secondary in the nfl.

    GO Raiders!!!!! Boo!!!!

  12. mrbigass says:
    August 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm
    Has an independent arbitrator ever ruled for a player? Let’s find out….

    The player can win , if they have a worthwhile case. Brady & Zeke’s lawyers did what their clients asked them to do, and took their cases to court. In labor relations there is ” The Sanctity of the collective bargaining agreement ” The courts assume both sides know what they are doing when they negotiate and sign the agreement. They will intervene only in the rarest of cases. One party has to be completely unreasonable, say a lifetime ban for Brady for being involved with the deflating footballs. They won’t get involved, otherwise they would have to rule every time a union member doesn’t like their discipline at work.
    The court just says, ” Sanctity of the collective bargaining agreement ” live with what you agreed to, and negotiate it differently next time if you don’t like what you signed.
    The other area is ” Safety ” , it is ALWAYS a winner. particularly after your union filed lawsuits for head injuries. The lawyers involved here should have advised their clients better. I’m sure the clients didn’t want to listen and the lawyers did as they were instructed, but these are all losing cases from the get go. In trucking for instance drivers can do a lot of things and not get fired. Get caught talking on your cell phone when driving and the union won’t even bother, because they know it is a losing case.
    The NFLPA has lots of money and puts on a show. Most unions won’t take losing cases to arbitration because they won’t waste the members money.

  13. What happened to him having a strong case?

    Memory holed and disappeared to be replaced with another raw meat story.

  14. Sour grapes Steelers’ fans are praying AB implodes. They will be shown otherwise. Brown caused much more turmoil when he was in Rustburg with Trip Tomlin and Little Ben as his “role” models.

  15. At the end of the day he’ll leave football with money in his bank account (maybe) but zero Championships, and to any real pro the ring is what matters the most

  16. Cap’n Skaarj posted “The Schutt helmet is the reason for the brain damage we’re witnessing. I’m not making jokes — His irrational behavior shouldn’t just be chalked up to being a diva.”
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    Maybe what knocked AB permanently whacky is a combination of the hit Vontaze Burfict laid on him in 2016 while he was wearing that Schutt brain bucket. I have a friend who at the age of 45, passed out on his patio and cracked his head on concrete. This is no BS, he lost his sense of taste! The only things that he can barely taste are foods that are all jacked up with peppers and hot sauce. He can’t taste beer either but he still sucks it down. I’ve kidded him about maybe taking a hammer and giving him a lick on his head to see if he gets a reset.

  17. EVERY NFL player is paid to wear a helmet.
    Why is it news that AB gets paid to wear a helmet?
    SMH.
    Critical thinking skills are a lost art these days…

  18. Reporters like to hype stories. AB was simply the flavor of the month to get through the dog days of summer pre season. AB won’t be the weak link in Oakland. The question is, can Carr carry this or any team?

  19. THIS GUY NEEDS TO GROW UP!!! I USED TO RESPECT HIM, BUT NOW I’M TIRED OF READING ABOUT THIS CLOWN EVERYDAY!!! HE’S ACTIN WORST THAN SOME PRE SCHOOLER…

  20. mrbigass says:
    August 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Has an independent arbitrator ever ruled for a player? Let’s find out….

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    I’m sure that all of this helmet drama wasn’t the result of a well-reasoned and well thought-out legal strategy on the part of AB, so that does tilt the odds against him.

  21. lizzyisnoindian says:
    August 25, 2019 at 6:54 pm
    At the end of the day he’ll leave football with money in his bank account (maybe) but zero Championships, and to any real pro the ring is what matters the most
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    How would you know? I think taking care of your family matters most to a real pro.

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