Antonio Brown’s legal team has reportedly issued a new threat to the NFL and it stems over his concern of him not being able to use the helmet that he has used since he’s been in the league.
The Raiders’ wideout, who is currently dealing with a “frostbite” foot issue caused by cryotherapy, had already threatened to never play the sport of football again due to the NFL’s new helmet rule.
“Brown wants to wear the helmet he prefers, not one of the newer-model helmets that league rules mandate, league sources said. Brown believes the new certified helmet protrudes out and interferes with his vision as he tries to catch the football.
The Raiders have been sending Brown other approved helmets to wear, but at this time, he is not interested in wearing any of them,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
Brown’s legal team is threatening to hold the National Football League “liable” if he were to suffer a head injury in a new helmet, per The Athletic.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, however, further explained that the league has no worries when it comes to this threat.
“It won’t be. There will be no liability. The NFL and the NFL Players Association have worked closely together to devise safety rules aimed at approving certain helmets and disqualifying certain others. The entire goal is to ensure that players have the safest possible equipment while playing.
Moreover, there can be no liability without compelling proof of causation. How would Brown show that an injury for which he attempts to hold the league liable wouldn’t have happened in his old helmet? Brown would be required, through his own testimony (which would be subject to rigorous cross examination) and the testimony of qualified experts, to show that the only reason the injury happened was because he was required to wear one of the helmets approved by the NFL and the NFLPA and was prevented from wearing his outdated helmet of choice.”
Despite the controversy over a helmet, the Raiders expect Brown to be in camp within the next few days.