Helmet manufacturer ends relationship with Patriots' WR Antonio Brown

NBC Sports Boston Staff

It looks like Antonio Brown is going to have to find a new helmet... again.

Xenith, the company that manufactures the current helmet Brown wears, has decided to end its relationship with the New England Patriots wide receiver. 

"We look forward to seeing the Xenith Shadow worn by football athletes at all levels of play this fall," the company said, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

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The announcement comes just three days after Brown was accused of sexual assault and rape by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, in a civil lawsuit. Although Brown, signed Saturday by New England hours after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, is still eligible to play for the Patriots on Sunday, coach Bill Belichick has not revealed whether the star would suit up in Miami against the Dolphins. 

Now the question is, will Brown be able to find a new helmet before Sunday? He was extremely picky when it came to choosing a new helmet in his short tenure with the Raiders, and was visibly upset when the NFL turned down two grievances he filed seeking to continue wearing his old one.

When he switched to the new helmet, Xenith sent a now-deleted tweet announcing it.

One thing's for sure, with all the drama surrounding him lately, the last thing the Patriots' need is for Brown to blow a gasket over a helmet. At his first practice with the Patriots, Brown was seen wearing the old Schutt Air Advantage helmet that the NFL no longer allows.

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