Image 1 34
On Friday, Antonio Brown reportedly informed the Oakland Raiders that unless he gets to wear a helmet model that is no longer certified by the league, he will walk away from football.
If you thought that escalated quickly, you’re not alone.
It all started early Friday afternoon when ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Brown filed a grievance against the NFL to be allowed to wear a helmet that is no longer certified by the league. Brown wore that particular helmet in all nine of his professional seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the league is no longer permitting that helmet to be worn since it is over 10 years old.
The story heated up when NFL.com’s Michael Silver reported in a long series of tweets that Brown “alarmed Raiders coaches and teammates” by “railing against the NFL’s enhanced enforcement of helmet regulations.”
According to Silver, the wide receiver showed up for the Raiders’ first offseason training activity in May, but stormed out of the facility after he was told he could not use his old helmet. Brown reportedly attempted to repaint his helmet “with colors approximating—but not completely mimicking—the Raiders’ silver-and-black design,” but was again told by team officials he had to use a new helmet.
Silver also reported that Brown’s teammates are unsure of where he is right now while the team continues training camp in Napa. Brown is currently unable to practice after suffering severe foot blistering that was reportedly caused by going into a cryotherapy machine without proper footwear.
But things didn’t fully explode until Schefter tweeted Friday afternoon that Brown informed the Raiders that “unless he gets to wear his old helmet, he will not play football again.”
Shortly afterwards, all hell broke loose on Twitter from pundits and fans alike.
“If we don’t get Antonio Brown’s Helmet hissy fit on Hard Knocks we riot,” Barstool Sports’ Dan Katz tweeted.
“Who’d have thought ‘Antonio Brown has frostbite on his feet’ would only be the second weirdest Antonio Brown story this week,” draft analyst Benjamin Albright weighed in.
Meanwhile, fans began sharing parody images of the helmet Brown allegedly painted and tried to take to Raiders practice. Others compared Brown to “Dark Helmet,” the villain from the cult-favorite “Spaceballs.”
Click through the slideshow above to see reactions to the Antonio Brown helmet drama.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/raiders/article/Antonio-Brown-helmet-drama-retire-feet-camp-quit-14294223.php.