Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has not been happy about the NFL’s new helmet rule and even threatened to retire if he couldn’t wear the helmet he used during his first nine seasons in the league.
The 31-year-old changed his mind after his grievance against the NFL was rejected by an arbitrator.
The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved. If he doesn’t play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid. Nfl policy is that Helmets have to be certified by NOSCAE. They don’t certify equipment that’s old than 10 years.
– Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) August 12, 2019
Brown’s helmet holdout became a topic of conversation during Kliff Kingsbury’s interview on Monday on the Bickley & Marotta Show.
The Cardinals coach was asked if he had ever found a helmet that would force him to consider leaving football behind – and his response was hilarious.
For the full enjoyment of your ears, here’s the audio of Kliff Kingsbury talking about his inability to find love outside of football. pic.twitter.com/XCviliYPlT
– Eric Kelly (@EricKellyTV) August 13, 2019
Q: “You’re a former player. Have you ever fallen so in love with a helmet that you’re willing to walk away from the game?”
A: “I haven’t fallen in love with a woman that I’m willing to walk away from the game for.”
While Kingsbury may think the helmet drama is silly, Brown isn’t done with it just yet.
On Tuesday, he took drastic measures to try and locate an approved version of the helmet he prefers.
“I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In exchange I will trade a signed practice worn @Raiders helmet.”
– AB (@AB84) August 13, 2019
The search comes after the NFL told Brown he could wear the specific model of the helmet he likes, as long as it is less than 10 years old, according to Pro Football Talk.