Antonio Brown has been mired in a few of bizarre incidents last week. First, it was the frostbitten ft. Now, he’s in a standoff with the NFL finished with his old helmet.
The mercurial recipient has threatened to retire over it, and today BetOnline has posted odds that he’ll follow along with. Can there be any worth gambling this?
* Odds as of 12/08/2019.
It’s tough to feel that Antonio Brown’s bizarre cryogenic room, frostbitten foot was the second-most eccentric story with 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 may recall that they have enormous issues with concussions which are very public and because of this, households are keeping their children away from entering the sport. It’s a large issue. However, Brown has become familiar with his old helmet.
Though he hasn’t formally announced his standoff with the league, reporters have suggested he won’t perform unless the NFL allows him to utilize his old helmet. That is quite unlikely to occur — especially since the NFL Players Union has agreed to use this helmet (that means Brown is battling his own union).
Of course, we have all been expecting to hear in head coach Jon Gruden, that we thought would not be pleased with the circumstance. The overall consensus was that he’d blow a gasket and that this could cause a rift between Brown and the team. It’s very possible that it is behind the scenes however openly, Gruden has encouraged him.
What’s worth noting is that Gruden kind of indicated that he expects Brown back at some point. Up till that point, we had not heard anything positive about the situation but it feels like he believes it’ll be settled. It may simply be wishful thinking, however, since Gruden’s butt is on the line after investing for Brown.
The heart of the issue is that the NFL doesn’t allow players to utilize helmet’s over 10 years old and Brown’s is 12. While Brown had been expecting to convince the team to allow him to use it (he was able to utilize it annually )they publicly responded they are not likely to allow him to perform it.
Going ahead (along with the league may go after him ), Brown will be in breach of his contract till he performs with a league-approved helmet. If not, he will not get paid. Meaning he’s going to begin losing money for this year and — when the Celtics feels vindictive sufficient — might possibly go after him for last year’s cover also. That is speculation at this point, though.
Still another report on Sunday indicated that Brown is considering holding the league liable if he has hurt in the new helmet. Only the fact that he’s interesting that reveals he’s considering using the helmet.
It is hard to see Brown retiring before Week 1. Yes, he is definitely a diva. Yes, he’s being over-the-top in this circumstance. On the other hand, the team has come out and encourage him. It is unlikely that he tries to screw them over.
Can he hold out and overlook Week 1 while trying to find a solution? That sounds more probable than a permanent retirement. But what I expect is for him and the league to come into a sort of conclusion. He wants to be playing so does the Celtics and the Raiders, therefore there’s motivation to have this done. Bet on’No’.
Let us have fun and keep it civil.