Antonio Brown found out Sunday that his second grievance against the NFL in an effort to wear his preferred choice of helmet, the Schutt AiR Advantage, this upcoming season was rejected. While it appeared he was simply making a mountain out of a molehill with this ongoing helmet disagreement, the Oakland Raiders star wide receiver has made this molehill of an issue into a mountain of cash.
ProFootballTalk reports Brown will choose from multiple companies that are creating a customized helmet for him, and they will even pay for him to wear it.
Brown's primary complaint about the newly certified helmets was that they protrude out and interfere with his vision when he tries to catch the football. While the 10-year-old Schutt AiR Advantage—the helmet he has worn throughout his career—didn't present these problems, the NFL could no longer approve it because, in compliance with their National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment policy, the league wouldn't allow players to wear a helmet older than 10 years.
Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus revealed in an interview on SiriusXM NFL radio earlier Sunday that their public dispute ended with "a happy ending" that will conclude with him "getting paid a lot of money."
A "happy ending" for AB, indeed.