Antonio Brown was mired in a few of bizarre incidents this past week. First, it was the frostbitten ft. Now, he’s at a standoff with all the NFL finished using his previous helmet.
The mercurial receiver has threatened to retire it over, and now BetOnline has posted odds he’ll follow along with. Can there be any worth betting this?
* Odds of 12/08/2019.
It’s difficult to believe 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’s ready to retire over using his previous helmet.
The NFL regularly updates their helmets because of security reasons. You may recall they have enormous issues with concussions which are very public and consequently, households are keeping their kids away from going into the sport. It’s a big issue. However, Brown has become familiar with his old helmet.
Though he has not formally declared his standoff with the team, reporters have suggested that he will not perform unless the NFL allows him to utilize his old helmet. That’s very unlikely to happen — especially as the NFL Players Union has consented to utilize this helmet (that means Brown is battling his own union).
Of course, we have all been expecting to hear in head coach Jon Gruden, who we believed wouldn’t be pleased with the circumstance. The overall consensus was that he would blow a gasket and that this might cause a rift between Brown and the team. It’s very likely it is behind the scenes but openly, Gruden has encouraged him.
What is worth noting is that Gruden type of implied that he expects Brown back at some point. Up until that pointwe hadn’t heard anything positive about the situation but it seems like he thinks it’ll be settled. It may just be wishful thinking, though, since Gruden’s butt is on the line following investing for Brown.
The crux of the issue is the NFL does not allow players to use helmet’s over a decade old and Brown’s is 12. While Brown had been hoping to convince the league to let him use it again (he was able to utilize it )they publicly responded that they aren’t going to let him to do it.
Going ahead (and the league will move after him ), Brown will soon be in violation of his contract unless he performs with a league-approved helmet. Otherwise, he will not get paid. Meaning he is going to start losing money for this season and — if the team feels vindictive sufficient — might possibly go after him for last year’s cover also. That’s speculation at this point, though.
Still another report on Sunday indicated that Brown is thinking about holding the league accountable if he gets injured in the new helmet. Only the simple fact he’s entertaining that shows 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 within this circumstance. On the other hand, the team has come out and encourage . It’s unlikely that he tries to screw over them.
Can he hold out and overlook Week 1 while trying to find a solution? That seems more probable than a permanent retirement. But what I expect is to get him and the league to come to a kind of conclusion. He would like to be playing so does the Celtics along with the Raiders, therefore there is motivation to have this done. Bet on’No more’.
Let us have fun and keep it civil.