NAPA – The Raiders have apparently reached a break with Antonio Brown.
General Manager Mike Mayock clarified this during his last training camp on Sunday, which his superstar receiver did not attend during his longtime helmet problem.
His quest to use a preferred Schutt Air Advantage helmet hit the bar on Saturday – he failed the NFL test for Pro Football Talk – and he left the camp powerless.
Raiders, and Mayock in particular, support Brown's helmet preferences. At this point, the passage of AWOL, when it is strong enough to fully practice for only the second time since dealing with frozen legs, is a dispute for its employer.
"Antonio Brown is not here today and here is the bottom line: he is upset about the helmet issue," Mayock said in a statement to reporters Sunday in Napa. "We supported that. We appreciate that. At that point, we had exhausted all paths of relief. From our point of view, it's time to be all-in or exhausted.
"Hopefully he'll be back soon. We have 89 guys banging their tails. We are really excited about where this franchise is going and we hope AB will be a big part of it starting Week 1
GM Mike Make came out today with a statement regarding Antonio Brown. pic.twitter.com/5ueLsrOmid
– Auckland Raiders (@Raiders) August 18, 2019
The Brown Saga helmet goes on for months as the Schutt Air Advantage helmet he used in some form or another, since high school is no longer permitted for use in NFL games. Only helmets certified by an independent safety authority (NOCSAE) are eligible for use, and helmets over 10 years are not eligible.
According to an epic Twitter thread from NFL Network's Mike Silver, Brown is so frustrated with his inability to use his preferred helmet that he resorts to repainting a Schutt Air Advantage helmet brought outside the team when the Raiders don't give it.
Brown appealed to the NFL and NFLPA to wear his preferred helmet, and an independent arbitrator formally ruled against him on August 12.  Drew Rosenha us, Brown's agent, said the next day that he thought the resolution was close thanks to a loophole in the certification rules. If they could find a Schutt Air Advantage helmet under the age of 10 at Brown's camp, they could re-arrange it and retake it.
The Brown crowd gathered efforts and acquired several such models, although the NFL and NFLPA told the Brown office that a newer version would have to be submitted to an independent testing lab. According to a source, the helmet failed the test.
Brown's representatives were briefed on the failed test on Saturday. After the test failed, the source said, Schutt Air Advantage is already on the list of helmets banned by the NFL.
Brown expressed his dissatisfaction with this decision on social media, using a language that will not be repeated here.
He left the Raiders camp for the second time after receiving bad news about his helmet.
He returned Tuesday from his first absence, a 10-day stay in Florida, where Rosenhouse said he did not go only to treat his frozen legs.
His personal treatment was completed before his return to Napa on August 13, and Brown was strong enough to work full-speed workouts before Thursday's game in Arizona and fully participate in Saturday's walks.
He was supposed to practice fully on Sunday, for the first time since July 30, but instead left camp over this helmet news.
Brown's decision to leave reinforced the impotence of the Raiders' impotence and triggered Mayock's statement, which drew a line in the sand.
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The Raiders traded third and fifth rounds to Pittsburgh for Brown and subsequently revised their contracts 50, $ 3 million over three seasons, including $ 30 million guaranteed.
Brown spoke after Thursday's preseason game and denied a report that he would retire on the helmet.
"Why would I retire, man? "I have a wonderful career. I'm healthy. I like to play the game. I obviously inspire people with the way I play the game. I am grateful to play the game. I am glad to put all this on display, not only for my family, but also for these guys and our common goals and everyone in the community who believe in me. "
Brown said that before Saturday's news that his preferred helmet was banned, He and Rosenhouse declare that they are ready to work within the system to find a helmet suitable for Brown to wear and wear. feels safe to play.
Brown has to decide his next course of action, whether or not to return to the team. this is disappointing with his decision to leave the team on this subject when there are many certified helmets to choose from.