OAKLAND, Calif. - UPDATE Tuesday 11 a.m.
Antonio Brown may have lost his arbitration with the National Football League when it came to wearing his old helmet, so instead he's looking to his fans for help.
The former Pittsburgh Steeler is offering a signed Oakland Raiders helmet, worn during practice, for anyone that can find him a helmet.
"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 tweet had nearly 3,000 likes within a half hour.
Brown has asked to be allowed to wear his 10-year-old helmet, one that is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment.
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UPDATE Monday 9:50 a.m.
The National Football League has responded to reports that Antonio Brown won't play this season if he can't use his old helmet.
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
Oakland Raiders' wide receiver and former Pittsburgh Steelers player Antonio Brown will reportedly not play this season, not because of his foot troubles, but because he cannot wear his old helmet, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.
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.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2019
Schefter said on social media Brown had filed a helmet grievance against the NFL because it "interferes with his vision.?
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.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2019
This follows reports that Brown cannot practice due to complications from a cryogenic treatment done on his feet.
According to NFL reporter Michael Silver, Brown even reportedly painted his old helmet to try to get it on the field.
13) However, sometime in the next couple of weeks, Brown once again tried to take the field with his old helmet, which he had since had repainted with colors approximating—but not completely mimicking—the Raiders’ silver-and-black design...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) August 9, 2019
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