National Football League addresses Antonio Brown helmet controversy without mentioning star's name



Essentially, Brown will not get paid by the Raiders until he decides to wear an NFL-approved helmet.

Brady's old helmet, the Riddell VSR-4, was among those prohibited by the National Football League this year, as part of a joint venture with the players' association to help improve player safety. If Brown has expressed that he feels safer in his old helmet and is injured in his new helmet, who doubts that he would go after anyone and everyone who forced him to use the new helmet?

It didn't take long to hear the end result of "helmet gate" as Adam Schefter reported Monday that an arbitrator ruled against Brown's effort to wear his old helmet. He has tried the models out and believes the new certified helmet protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch the football.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is away from the Oakland Raiders training camp, and it's unclear when he will report back to the franchise's Napa Valley headquarters.

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Expect Brown to wear an approved helmet when he returns from that injury.

The 31-year-old has certainly had a tumultuous offseason, to say the least. Brown has also reportedly been consistently late to meetings at the Raiders facility, and when he does attend has appeared distracted.

"He has a strong feeling about what he's worn on his head, and we're supporting him. We understand the league's position as well, so we're in a tough spot", the coach later stated. "And I hated to put it on the shelf, but that was what they said to do". "I've been experimenting with a couple different ones, and I don't really love the one that I'm in, but I don't really have much of a choice". It was a total accident. I know that some people are [joking about] it, but it's really not a laughing matter.

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