Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an helmet that is no longer certified as safe to wear in practice or during a game according to multiple reports. Yes, that's probably one of the weirdest sentences you'll ever hear.
Brown has not participated in practice for the Oakland Raiders since late July, and he missed the beginning of training camp because of frost bite he sustained on his foot while receiving cryotherapy treatment in France.
Ok, that's the weirdest sentence you'll ever hear!
Brown has been a drama queen the last couple years. Remember his Facebook Live during the 2017 playoffs that caught coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots a-holes? Last fall, he was accused of throwing furniture off a balcony and earned a speeding ticket for going 100 MPH on a 45-MPH road. Not to mention, he quit on the Steelers, storming out of practice a few days before the regular-season finale.
But threatening to retire because he can't use his helmet is another level of drama, which by the way, isn't going to happen because Brown said he'd be back at practice soon despite his lost grievance.
Brown is arguably the best wide receiver since Terrell Owens and a year ago, he was on a trajectory to be on Jerry Rice's level before the end of his career. In nine NFL seasons, Brown has 837 catches, 11,207 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns. He's earned four All-Pro nominations and is top 35 all time in receptions and receiving yards, and if Brown retired today, he'd still be a Hall of Famer. Maybe even a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
But Brown is no longer contenting with Julio Jones for the title of "NFL's best wide receiver". Not when he makes headlines every month for something non-football related. Brown is so talented, but so is Jones, Michael Thomas and Deandre Hopkins, and they don't come with the drama.
Moving forward, those receivers, along with others such as Odell Beckham Jr., are the guys Jones will be competing with for the title, "NFL's best receiver."