ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown misplaced his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an outdated helmet that’s not licensed as protected to make use of for follow or play.
The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a listening to final Friday with Brown, representatives from the league and the gamers’ union.
“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,” Brown stated in a press release on Twitter . “I’m excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet.”
Brown has not participated in a full follow for the Raiders after beginning coaching camp on the non-football harm checklist with accidents to his ft that reportedly got here from frostbite suffered whereas getting cryotherapy remedy in France. Brown was cleared to follow on July 28 and took part in a part of two classes however wasn’t across the crew final week when he had the grievance listening to with the NFL over his helmet.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy earlier within the day reiterated the league’s stance that Brown wouldn’t be allowed to follow or play and not using a licensed helmet.
“The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved,” McCarthy wrote. “If he doesn’t play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid. NFL policy is that helmets have to be certified by NOSCAE. They don’t certify equipment that’s (older) than 10 years.”
The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment units efficiency and check requirements for tools. Brown’s Schutt Air Advantage helmet is not allowed as a result of the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) rule that helmets 10 years or older can’t be recertified.
Schutt discontinued making the helmet three years in the past as a result of present expertise had moved previous it, in keeping with the corporate.
Brown was one in all 32 gamers utilizing helmets final season that at the moment are banned by the league and gamers’ affiliation. Those gamers, together with Tom Brady, have been in a position to make use of the helmets final season below a grace interval however have been required to make the change in 2019.
The Raiders didn’t follow Monday however are hoping to get Brown again on the sector quickly.
“The helmet thing is a personal matter to him,” coach Jon Gruden stated Saturday. “He has a strong feeling about what he’s worn on his head, and we’re supporting him. We understand the league’s position as well, so we’re in a tough spot.”
Brown has been the sport’s most prolific receiver the previous six years however the Raiders have been in a position to purchase him from Pittsburgh for only a third- and fifth-round choose in March due to issues off the sector.
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