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Report: Helmet Rule, Not Feet, Keeping Antonio Brown Out Of Raiders Camp

He reportedly is threatening to retire if he doesn't get to use his old helmet

August 9, 2019

According to reports Antonio Brown is causing a fuss about a new helmet he has to wear and is threatening to retire from the NFL if he doesn't get his way.

NFL.com writer Michael Silver says that before the injuries to his feet Brown “alarmed Raiders coaches and teammates by railing against the NFL’s enhanced enforcement of helmet regulations.”

The move meant that Brown would have to most likely change the kind of helmet he used on the field.

Silver says in a series of 20 tweets, that Brown has rallied against the new rule since OTAs.

Some in the Raiders organization believe that the helmet issue could be a reason he is staying away from Oakland’s training camp and that he has brought the issue up at least three times.

According to Silver, one person with the Raiders organization said, “Honestly the most insane thing I have ever heard. I don’t know why it’s so important to him. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Among Brown, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and 29 other NFL players reportedly used the same and had to change to the approved helmet which is believed to be safer.

During Raiders OTAs Brown reportedly was vocal about his disapproval that he had to use the new helmet and claimed that Brady and Rogers were not using the new helmet.

After Brown was shown footage of Rogers wearing the approved helmet, Brown did not complain any longer until  later when Silver says he, once again tried to take the field with his old helmet, and "had repainted with colors approximating—but not completely mimicking—the Raiders’ silver-and-black design."

He once again apparently tried to sneak the old helmet onto the field once again before leaving camp with frostbitten feet.

“He’s still freaking out about it,” said one Raiders player. “He hasn’t been here for (a while) and no one knows where he’s at,” a source told Silver.