Antonio Brown’s battle with the NFL came to a close Monday after an arbitrator ruled that the Raiders WR must wear a new helmet this season or not play.
An arbitrator ruled against Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown’s grievance to wear his old helmet, per source.
Now Brown must decide if he’s willing to play football with a new helmet he desperately does not want to wear.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 12, 2019
The dispute is over the league’s player safety policy that in essence mandates that a helmet can be used for a maximum of 11 years before it must be swapped for a newer model.
The helmet Brown wore for the extent of his career is entering it’s 12th year, and despite the WR’s best attempt to keep wearing it, even threatening the league and toying with retirement, the NFL has put their foot down on the matter.
Brown announced that he will not retire and return to the Raiders after the ruling via an Instagram post.