Antonio Brown has been mired in a few of bizarre incidents this past week. To begin with, it was the frostbitten foot. Now, he’s in a standoff with the NFL finished using his previous helmet.
The mercurial recipient has threatened to retire it over, and today BetOnline has posted odds that he’ll follow along with. Can there be some worth betting this?
Odds as of 12/08/2019.
It is tough to believe that Antonio Brown’s bizarre cryogenic chamber, frostbitten foot was the second-most bizarre story with all the star receiver last week. The bombshell that fell was that he is willing to retire using his previous helmet.
The NFL regularly updates their helmets for safety reasons. You might remember they have enormous issues with concussions which are very public and as a result, families are keeping their kids away from going into the game. It’s a significant problem. However, Brown has grown familiar with his old helmet.
Though he hasn’t officially declared his standoff with the team, reporters have suggested that he will not perform unless the NFL enables him to utilize his previous helmet. That is very unlikely to occur — particularly as the NFL Players Union has consented to utilize this helmet (which suggests Brown is fighting his own marriage ).
Needless to say, we’ve all been expecting to hear by head coach Jon Gruden, who we believed wouldn’t be delighted with the situation. The general consensus was that he’d blow a gasket and this may cause a rift between Brown and the group. It’s very possible that it is behind the scenes but publicly, Gruden has affirmed him.
What’s also worth noting is that Gruden kind of implied that he expects Brown back at some point. Up until that point, we hadn’t heard anything positive about the problem but it looks like he thinks it’ll be settled. It might simply be wishful thinking, though, as Gruden’s ass is on the line following trading for Brown.
The center of the issue is the NFL doesn’t permit players to use helmet’s over 10 years old and Brown’s is 12. While Brown was hoping to convince the team to allow him to use it (he was able to use it last year)they responded they aren’t likely to let him to do it.
Going forward (and the league will go after him retroactively), Brown will likely soon be in violation of his contract till he performs a league-approved helmet. If not, he will not get compensated. That means he’s going to begin losing money with this season and — if the league feels vindictive enough — might possibly go after him for last year’s pay also. That’s speculation at this point.
Yet another report on Sunday suggested that Brown is considering holding the league liable if he gets injured in the helmet. Only the simple fact he’s entertaining that reveals he’s contemplating using the helmet.
It’s hard to visit Brown retiring before Week 1. Yes, he is definitely a diva. Yes, he’s being over-the-top in this situation. On the other hand, the team has come out and support him. It is unlikely he tries to screw over them.
Could he hold out and miss Week 1 while looking for a remedy? That seems more probable than a permanent retirement. However, what I expect is to get him and the team to come into some kind of conclusion. He would like to be playing so does the league along with the Raiders, so there is motivation to get this done. Bet on’No’.
Let us have fun and keep it civil.