Antonio Brown failed to convince an arbitrator to rule in his favor, and now the Raiders wide receiver has backed down from his threat to quit playing in the NFL.
ESPN's Adam Schefter, citing a source, reported Monday that an arbitrator has ruled against Brown's grievance regarding the helmet he would prefer to wear.
An arbitrator ruled against Raiders' WR Antonio Brown's grievance to wear his old helmet, per source.
Now Brown must decide if he's willing to play football with a new helmet he desperately does not want to wear.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 12, 2019
Brown confirmed the news by tweeting a statement shortly after Schefter broke the news.
"While I disagree with the arbitrator's decision, I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field. I'm excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet 🦶!" #AlwaysAFight #Represent #itsbiggerthanme— AB (@AB84) August 12, 2019
Based on what Brown said, it appears he plans to play during the 2019 season while wearing a new, NFL-approved helmet.
Brown wanted to continue to wear the helmet he's been using his entire career, but that model is no longer approved for use in the NFL.
Last week, Schefter reported that Brown was ready to quit playing football if he didn't get to wear his old helmet.