NFL closed loophole on Antonio Brown helmet solution, and Brown sends angry tweet

Just when you thought we were over the Antonio Brown helmet saga, there’s another chapter to go. Maybe more than one.

Brown was so upset he couldn’t wear the Schutt AiR Advantage helmet he has worn his whole career that he threatened to sit out over the dispute. He filed a grievance against the NFL, the NFL won, and Brown couldn’t wear his helmet. However, it seemed there was a loophole: If Brown could find another Schutt AiR Advantage made in the past 10 years, he could wear it. The company the NFL uses to certify helmets wouldn’t certify one more than 10 years old. Brown asked on social media if anyone had an AiR Advantage, which Schutt no longer makes, that was less than 10 years old.

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There was a twist on Saturday. The NFL won’t allow a newer Schutt AiR Advantage to be used, according to Pro Football Talk. And Brown is unhappy again.

Antonio Brown not happy with NFL

PFT reported that the NFL decided to require safety testing of the Schutt AiR Advantage and it failed. It was not previously on the list of banned helmets. But the NFL won’t allow Brown to wear any Schutt AiR Advantage, no matter when it was made, according to PFT.

PFT said the source on the Brown story said “we haven’t heard the last of Brown on this issue.” And Brown, as he likes to do, sent out an angry tweet.

Brown sent a tweet with an expletive directed at the NFL: screen shot screen shot

What will happen next with Brown?

The Raiders must’ve thought this issue was put to rest.

Brown was very upset about this situation. He clearly is mad again, presumably because he thought he found a solution and that changed.

Brown will have to find a helmet that the NFL approves, and it won’t be the model he has worn his whole career. We’ll see if Brown quietly goes along with the NFL’s ruling. That seems doubtful.

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/oakland/" data-ylk="slk:Oakland Raiders">Oakland Raiders</a> wide receiver Antonio Brown isn't happy with the latest development in the saga concerning his helmet. (AP)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown isn't happy with the latest development in the saga concerning his helmet. (AP)

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