The Raiders have an Antonio Brown problem.
The star wide receiver has only taken part in one training camp practice due to a reported case of "extreme frostbite" on his feet.
That reportedly is not the reason for his training camp absence, though. Brown reportedly is upset at new NFL rules that will make him wear a different helmet than his time in Pittsburgh.
The star wide receiver has informed the Raiders that he will not play football again without the old helmet, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday, citing league sources.
Brown reportedly had a two-hour conference call with the NFL on Friday to argue why he should be able to wear his helmet, Schefter reported.
A decision could come as early as next week.
The Raiders have been putting on a good face about Brown ever since he arrived, trumpeting his work ethic and dedication to making the Silver and Black Super Bowl contenders again. It appears Brown has not been the good soldier he was billed as.
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All of this should come as little surprise. Brown's diva antics are part of the reason he wore out his welcome in Pittsburgh and why the Raiders were able to get him for a handful of draft picks.
The happy honeymoon is over.
It’s like trying to find the elusive Waldo from the “Where’s Waldo” book series.
One day Antonio Brown is at practice, wearing an approved helmet and smiling with teammates. Another day, he’s off fighting the NFL trying to receive a grievance allowing to wear the same helmet he's had for the past decade.
Friday night, however, AB was in Concord checking out the nationally ranked football matchup between Florida’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School and De La Salle High School.
Brown is from the South Florida area, but did not play at the highly-regarded St. Thomas Aquinas program.
The Raiders won their third preseason game Thursday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada against the Packers, although the All-Pro receiver did not suit up.
He even jumped in on the ESPNU broadcast of the high school game, answering some questions as the first half wound down.
The man knows how to find attention, as he has been far and away the biggest storyline throughout training camp with the Silver and Black. To add to the drama, HBO’s “Hard Knocks” crew has been following AB everywhere and capturing every moment.
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Raiders fans will have to wait to see No. 84 in uniform, as he will almost certainly be held out of the team’s final preseason game next week in Seattle.
The Raiders have been nothing short of a headline for "The Onion" before the regular season has even started.
Frost-bitten feet in France? Check. Refusing to wear a helmet? Check. Being sued by a chef? Check.
All three stories have revolved around one player, too: Antonio Brown.
Now AB and his quarterback, Derek Carr, are being made into stories for the satirical website. Here's the headline: Derek Carr Distraught After Reading ‘Hard Knocks’ Script Where He Stabs Antonio Brown In Season Finale.
And here's a snippet of what the site wrote with a fake Carr quote': “I know the showrunners have been setting up AB’s downfall, but it is still hard to know that I’m going to drive a knife right into his heart,” said Carr, tearfully recalling his role as one of Brown’s biggest supporters in the locker room before his inevitable betrayal of the increasingly unhinged wide receiver."
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It's hard to tell fiction from reality sometimes with this team. In this case, yes, it's satire.
We can all use a good laugh here and there, because, hey who knows what Brown will do next.