NFL's Brian McCarthy took to Twitter to address the controversy, saying "The player can't practice or play in games with equipment that's not approved". Without mentioning Brown by name, McCarthy stated: "The player can't practice or play in games with equipment that's not approved".
Brady's response is the only rational one: Players are free to have their preferences, but ultimately the NFL and the NFL Players Association got together and set a standard for helmet safety, and if a player's preferred model doesn't make the cut, then that player has to change helmets.
It was reported Friday that Brown wouldn't want to continue playing without his favorite helmet - a "Schutt Air Advantage" that is not NOSCSAE certified and no longer produced by manufacturers. They don't certify equipment that's older than 10 years.More news: Luxury fashion brands apologize over China T-shirt blunders
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The news just keeps getting worse for Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown filed a grievance against the league last week and as of right now, he is awaiting a ruling from an arbitrator.
Brady said he'd been wearing the same helmet since at least 2004.
When Antonio Brown, wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders, refused to play without wearing his 12-year old helmet, he was sure would be able to win his case. I can't say I agree with all of them, certainly, but I support this guy. Brown's Schutt Air Advantage helmet is no longer allowed because the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) rule that helmets 10 years or older can not be recertified. Is this the end for Brown's National Football League career? Expect Brown to be on the field sooner rather than later now that the league has given him this ultimatum. There are multiple players who will also have to transition into using a new helmet, including Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.