It hasn’t taken long for Antonio Brown to begin causing headaches for the Oakland Raiders. He’s already missed a good deal of time due to a mishap involving the misuse of a cryotherapy machine and it was just recently reported that he’s going to battle with the NFL over a helmet grievance.
Apparently, those aren’t the only issues. According to NFL reporter Mike Silver, Brown may already be getting on the Raiders’ bad side. In a very long Twitter thread, Silver details many of the issues the team is already having with Brown.
One of the most concerning statements to come from Silver’s thread is that the team is already getting fed up with his antics.
“Since joining the Raiders, Brown has frustrated his new bosses by showing up late to numerous meetings and by often appearing unfocused in them,” said Silver.
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Antonio Brown’s Frustrations Involving His Helmet
Showing up late to meetings is a quick and easy way to have people turn against you. This is far from the first time Brown has been at the center of serious drama, but he at least gave Pittsburgh several years before things escalated it seems. At the forefront of this issue is Brown’s choice of helmet.
As Adam Schefter reported, Brown will be meeting with the NFL to file a grievance concerning the helmet he’s allowed to wear.
“His continued frustration surrounding the situation has created a buzz among teammates and coaches, one of whom referred to the saga as ‘honestly the most insane thing I have ever heard. I don’t know why it’s so important to him. It doesn’t make any sense,” said Silver in his Twitter thread.
Antonio Brown’s Helmet Concerns Lingering?
This is a surprising development as Brown seemed very happy to be in Oakland and out of Pittsburgh. It hard to know if all of his issues stem from the helmet problem, but it’s certainly not helping. Based on what Silver says, the helmet topic has been a problem since the first offseason training activity.
“When he showed up for the 1st OTA, however, Brown requested his old helmet. After being told he’d have to wear an approved model, witnesses say, the WR loudly voiced his displeasure, complaining QBs such as Brady and Rodgers were not being subjected to the same scrutiny.”
From that point, things have appeared to only escalate, and how this will play out in the immediate future remains a question mark. But with the start of the NFL regular season just around the corner, the timing of this couldn’t be worse. It also doesn’t help that the star wideout’s foot injury appears to be lingering along with his current frustrations.