Antonio Brown was mired in a few of odd incidents last week. To begin with, it had been the frostbitten foot. Now, he’s at a standoff with the NFL finished using his previous helmet.
The mercurial receiver has threatened to retire , and now BetOnline has posted odds he’ll follow . Can there be any value betting this?
* Odds as of 12/08/2019.
It is tough to think that Antonio Brown’s bizarre cryogenic room, frostbitten foot has been only the second-most eccentric story with all the star receiver last week. The bombshell that dropped was that he is willing to retire using his previous helmet.
The NFL regularly updates their helmets because of security reasons. You might remember they have enormous issues with concussions that are very public and because of this, households are keeping their children away from entering the game. It’s a significant issue. However, Brown has grown familiar with his old helmet.
Though he has not formally announced his standoff with the team, reporters have suggested that he won’t perform unless the NFL enables him to use his old helmet. That is quite unlikely to occur — particularly as the NFL Players Union has agreed to use this helmet (which suggests Brown is fighting his own union).
Of course, we’ve been waiting to hear in head coach Jon Gruden, who we believed wouldn’t be pleased with the circumstance. The general consensus was that he would blow a gasket and this could cause a rift between Brown and the team. It is very possible it is behind the scenes but openly, Gruden has encouraged him.
What is also worth noting is that Gruden type of indicated that he anticipates Brown back at a certain point. Up until that point, we had not heard anything positive about the situation but it looks like he believes it’ll be settled. It could only be wishful thinking, though, since Gruden’s butt is on the line after investing for Brown.
The core of the matter is the NFL doesn’t permit players to use helmet’s over a decade old and Brown’s is 12. While Brown was expecting to convince the team to let him use it (he managed to utilize it annually )they responded that they are not going to allow him to perform it.
Going forward (along with the league will go after him retroactively), Brown will soon be in violation of his contract unless he performs a league-approved helmet. Otherwise, he won’t get paid. Meaning he’s going to begin losing money with this season and — when the team feels vindictive enough — might possibly go after him last year’s cover too. That is speculation at this point.
Yet another report on Sunday suggested that Brown is considering holding the league accountable if he has hurt in the helmet. Just the fact that he’s entertaining that reveals he’s contemplating using the new helmet.
It’s difficult to see Brown retiring prior to 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 encourage . It is unlikely he attempts to screw over them.
Can he hold out and miss Week 1 while trying to find a remedy? That looks more probable than a permanent retirement. However, what I expect is for him and the team to come to some kind of judgment. He wishes to be playing so does the league and the Raiders, therefore there is motivation to have this done. Bet on’No’.
Let’s have fun and keep it civil.