Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
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Antonio Brown Announces Playing Decision For 2019 Following Helmet Ruling

Antonio Brown Announces Playing Decision For 2019 Following Helmet Ruling

Brian McCarthy, the NFL's vice president of communications, on Monday tweeted that no player would be allowed to wear a helmet that the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOSCAE) doesn't certify as safe.

The NFL crushed Brown's hopes of disregarding the league-mandated helmet for the 2019-2020 season, by telling him the helmet of his choice is out-dated and will not be approved. I'm excited, and I got some plays for him.

But the 42-year-old quarterback still found a way of voicing his displeasure. An arbitrator ruled Brown can't play in his old helmet.

Schefter had previously reported that Brown had a two-hour conference call with league officials on Friday to argue why he should be allowed to wear the helmet he prefers, and not one the league requires. The players were able to use the helmets last season under a grace period but will have to make the change this season. And if Brady can do it, so can Brown, especially due to safety concerns as concussions have become such a large topic throughout the world of sports.

Brown's coach Jon Gruden recently voiced support for his star player. Barring an appeal to federal court, Brown must wear an approved helmet or remain on the sideline.

While Gruden said he anticipates drama from Brown, he also expects Brown to work extremely hard in practice and perform on game day. "As much as I loved that helmet, I knew some things were out of my control and that was one of them". "And I hated to put it on the shelf, but that was what they said to do".

"We understand the league's position as well, so we're in a tough spot, and we hope Antonio is here soon because he's exciting to be around". AB took to Instagram where he explained how he's excited to get back to football and that he will remain a member of the Raiders, despite the initial threats.

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