Antonio Brown refuses to play with new certified helmets (MERGED) (1 Viewer)

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After the "frostbite" issue turned out to be a non-issue, he now says he wants his "old helmet" back.


Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has reportedly filed a grievance against the NFL for banning a helmet he wore throughout his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers since it's no longer certified by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).
 

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Can you imagine being happy a talent like AB doesn't play for your team any more? Thats how Pittsburgh feels. He's a stud, but he's insane. I'd take Mike Thomas over him every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
 

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He had NO chance on winning the right to wear the old helmet. I doubt he even got much support from the NFLPA since the helmet rule is a joint NFL and NFLPA creation.
 

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Can you imagine being happy a talent like AB doesn't play for your team any more? Thats how Pittsburgh feels. He's a stud, but he's insane. I'd take Mike Thomas over him every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
How is it some of the greatest talents are the most mentally challenged?
 

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Unless they're in bed with a company (trying to push their helmets), I don't understand why they don't just make him sign a waiver releasing liability from all team doctors, trainers, players, and the NFL org and let him use his helmet. They can say "'Ok. We tried and now we're hands off. You chose this. From now on, any head related injuries you sustain are on you AB."
 
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Unless they're in bed with a company (trying to push their helmets), I don't understand why they don't just make him sign a waiver releasing liability from all team doctors, trainers, players, and the NFL org and let him use his helmet. They can say "'Ok. We tried and now we're hands off. You chose this. From now on, any head related injuries you sustain are on you AB."
Because there are about 1,700 active roster NFL players - they can't just start granting exemptions in exchange for full releases. The equipment is regulated just like the ball, the field, and everything else that goes into the game. It would be irresponsible and a reverse of course to allow players to sign releases, plus 20 years down the road, their lawyer is just going to argue that the player's release is invalid because he was already suffering from brain damage or because he felt like he "had" to sign it in order to save his career. It's just a bad idea.

The players and the league have agreed to equipment standards and there has been intense focus on improving the helmet. The evolving helmet must meet certain impact standards set by a third party - the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) which applies "certification standards to protect players against severe traumatic skull and brain injuries."

There are actually many approved helmets (more than 30 different models a player can choose from) that meet the NOCSAE standard. But as the helmets improve, older models can't provide the same protection and eventually they have to be phased out. The annual testing is shared with the players in the spring to help them with their equipment decision.

A single player trying to fight against what is clearly a commitment to improving head and concussion safety has absolutely zero chance of succeeding. Pick one of the many approved helmets if you want to play.


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Unless they're in bed with a company (trying to push their helmets), I don't understand why they don't just make him sign a waiver releasing liability from all team doctors, trainers, players, and the NFL org and let him use his helmet. They can say "'Ok. We tried and now we're hands off. You chose this. From now on, any head related injuries you sustain are on you AB."
That is there to protect idiots from themselves and keep companies ultimately accountable. Companies do not get to absolve themselves from ensuring a safe work environment because someone signs a paper. That doesn't reflect a true culture of safety. True buy-in from the senior leadership and upper management is delivering the message the way the NFL is doing right now. Looks like they learned a few things from the concussion lawsuit.
 
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That is there for the protect idiots from themselves and keep companies ultimately accountable. Companies do not get to absolve themselves from ensuring a safe work environment because someone signs a paper. That doesn't reflect a true culture of safety. True buy-in from the senior leadership and upper management is delivering the message the way the NFL is doing right now. Looks like they learned a few things from the concussion lawsuit.
Fair enough.
 

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Unless they're in bed with a company (trying to push their helmets), I don't understand why they don't just make him sign a waiver releasing liability from all team doctors, trainers, players, and the NFL org and let him use his helmet. They can say "'Ok. We tried and now we're hands off. You chose this. From now on, any head related injuries you sustain are on you AB."
The League doesn’t wanna take the risk of a potential lawsuit if anything happens.
A lawyer can get out of any waiver.
 

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Does anyone here really believe that Brown is not going to be a disruption sometime this year. It could be he not getting enough balls or the Raiders start losing or whatever, but IMO the guy has for whatever reason become too much of a diva (talented as he is).
 

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Just wait until the losing starts out here in the Bay Area.

Those sideline arguments with him and Carr will be brutal.
 

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