Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Brown files grievance vs. National Football League over helmet preference

Brown files grievance vs. National Football League over helmet preference

Per an earlier Schefter tweet, Brown is filing a grievance with the league for the right to wear his old helmet.

The helmet that Brown wore throughout his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of the models that was recently outlawed by the NFL because it's no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment. The pushback apparently began back in May when he initially learned of the change after the one-year grace period was eliminated, which Silver says has created a disconnect between him and his new squad. One of NOCSAE's rules is that helmets must not be older than 10 years, making Brown's helmet no longer certified.

Citing witnesses, Silver also reported that Brown has frustrated his new team by being tardy to meetings and spending portions of them using his phone to fiddle on Instagram and check his bank accounts.

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According to multiple reports, the veteran has been out of action throughout the first week-plus of Oakland's camp after not wearing the appropriate footwear during a recent stint in a cryotherapy machine.

Then again, he might simply retire, and if somehow the helmet situation is resolved - there's still the matter of his feet. The incident left him with frostbite on the soles of his feet, an image Brown posted to social media. Brown has reportedly on three occasions attempted to wear the helmet at practice after being told by the team he's not allowed to. They hope that's soon because Brown will be needed on an offensive unit that was anything but impressive last season. Any team that allows a player to wear an outdated helmet can be punished by the NFL. He is expected to have a hearing in front of an arbitrator next week, at which point a determination will be made on whether or not he can wear his preferred helmet.

From an uncomfortable cranium to frostbitten feet, Brown literally has issues from head to toe in 2019, and it's only August.

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