Adam Schefter of ESPN is now reporting Raiders WR Antonio Brown has told team officials that, unless he is allowed to wear his preferred helmet, he will not play football again. Schefter says Brown “believes the new helmet that the rules mandate he wears protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch football” and that the Raiders have been sending Brown other helmets to try and he is not interested in any of them.
This has turned into a strange story. It sounds like a lot is now riding on the expected grievance hearing next week and if Brown loses his case, his next steps will be fascinating to watch. It’s almost making the foot injury a non-story. Brown still has tremendous upside for his talent but is also becoming more of a risk if he actually stays true to his threat to not play.