Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Raiders' Brown threatens to quit

Raiders' Brown threatens to quit

The Antonio Brown era has gotten off to a rocky start, and the problems in Raiders camp appear to extend beyond Brown's alarming frostbite injury. Suffice to say, neither of them have gone to Brown's lengths to continue wearing their old helmet.

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.

In the midst of all of this, Brown posted a video to Instagram in which players throughout the league praise him for being hard to cover. Every NFL helmet must be certified as safe, and the company that certifies helmets won't approve any model that's more than 10 years old, which is the case in Brown's situation.

Brown's vocal resistance to the mandate, both during OTAs and shortly after his arrival in Napa, California, for training camp, has contributed to a disconnect with the team that acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl selection via a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers last March.

Brown has missed nearly every one of the Raiders' training camp practices this summer. and it's reportedly unknown when - if ever - he'll rejoin the team at camp.

The NFL and NFLPA added 11 helmets to their joint list of approved models for the 2019 season.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers also are among the players being forced to switch helmet models this season. However, the National Football League doesn't take that into consideration when deciding whether or not to approve a helmet. When he showed up for the first OTA, however, Brown requested his old helmet.

The Raiders have been trying to help Brown find a new helmet, but he hasn't been able to find an approved helmet model that he likes, which is a little shocking, because there are multiple options. "He hasn't been here for awhile, and no one knows where he's at".

Still, according to one source, "the meeting thing isn't that bad. but the feet, helmet and going dark is an issue".

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