Antonio Brown’s bizarre behavior is continuing with as the superstar wide receiver is threatening the Oakland Raiders with retirement.
What in the world goes on in Antonio Brown’s mind? The star wide receiver is now threatening to retire if the Oakland Raiders don’t allow him to wear an old, illegal helmet per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
“And now this: Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown has told team officials that, unless he gets to wear his old helmet, he will not play football again, per league sources,” wrote Schefter on Twitter.
“Antonio Brown believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch football. The Raiders have been sending Brown other approved helmets to try out but, at this time, he is not interested in wearing any of them.”
This is just bizarre behavior from a grown man. This grievance stems from the fact that the NFL recently updated its helmet policy. The new rules prohibit Brown from wearing his old helmet. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are two other players who will be affected by the rule change.
Sports Illustrated’s Michael Silver offers additional reporting on this new development.
THREAD: 1) Even before suffering bizarre injuries to his feet, Antonio Brown alarmed Raiders coaches and teammates by railing against the NFL’s enhanced enforcement of helmet regulations, a policy change which will likely force the star receiver to switch to a new model…
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) August 9, 2019
In addition to the helmet drama, Brown is reportedly dealing with frostbitten feet. He sustained the injury during cryotherapy and was limited in Raiders training camp because of this.
However, the helmet issue is emerging as a bigger concern for Oakland. According to Schefter’s report, Brown is willing to stop playing football if he can’t wear his desired helmet.
All of this comes after Brown left the Pittsburgh Steelers with nothing but scorched earth behind. There is no denying his ability when he’s on the field, but he’s more than a handful off the field.
The Raiders traded a third- and a fifth-round pick to acquire Brown during the offseason. They had draft capital to spare after sending Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys during the 2018 season.
But now Brown is refusing to take the field over this helmet issue. HBO has to be eating all of this up. Every single NFL fan is going to be tuning into “Hard Knocks” this Tuesday.