Antonio Brown Claims He Will Retire if He Can’t Use His Helmet [Report]

Getty Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints.

If Antonio Brown hasn’t controlled the NFL news cycle enough in his career, he’s back in the spotlight, much to the Oakland Raiders‘ dismay. After recent reports that he’s unhappy with new rules that won’t allow him to wear the same helmet he’s worn his entire career, he’s now escalating the issue. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown will not play another down in the NFL if he can’t wear his helmet.

There are a lot of things you can take with a grain of salt, but Schefter has long been considered one of the top reporters in all of sports so there’s no reason to doubt this. This is a shocking development considering Brown is not far removed from drama that forced him out of Pittsburgh. Time will tell if he follows through on these demands, but Jon Gruden and the Raiders can’t be happy with the recent developments.

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Tension Between Raiders & Antonio Brown?

Many rumors about Brown have come to light in a very short period recently. Apparently, tension has been growing between the team and the wide receiver for some time now. Drama surrounding Brown shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. What’s surprising is how fast things have already started to sour. It seemed like Brown was happy in Oakland and was already developing a strong relationship with quarterback Derek Carr.

If this isn’t resolved for the Raiders, it would be incredibly bad. The team will be bombarded with constant questions about the helmet controversy until Brown returns to the field. The last thing a young team needs is this sort of drama floating around. Brown is an exceptional talent on the field, but he appears to be a headache at times off it. The Raiders knew what they were signing up for when they brought him in. Unfortunately, they may not even get the chance to experience the positives that Brown brings on the field if he follows through on this threat.

Report: Antonio Brown Has Already Met With NFL

It seems like every few minutes, more news breaks concerning this Antonio Brown story. At first, Schefter was reporting that Brown was set to meet with the NFL in the next week or so. Now, he’s revealed that the two parties had a two-hour hearing today.

“League sources also told ESPN that Brown’s recent absence from Raiders training camp has more to do with his helmet than with his feet,” said Schefter in his report. “He suffered extreme frostbite on his feet as a result of not wearing appropriate footwear when he entered a cryotherapy chamber last month in France, a source told ESPN.”

Word on how the conversation went will probably come to light in the near future. It would be best for everyone involved if this matter is wrapped up sooner than later, of course. Brown is going to have a lot to do in order to make up for the headaches he’s causing the team.

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