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1) Even before suffering bizarre injuries to his feet, Antonio Brown alarmed Raiders coaches and teammates by railing against the NFL’s enhanced enforcement of helmet regulations, a policy change which will likely force the star receiver to switch to a new model...
2) Brown’s vocal resistance to the mandate, both during OTAs and shortly after his arrival in Napa, Calif. for training camp, has contributed to a disconnect with the team that acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl selection via a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers last March...
3) According to four sources familiar with Brown’s current absence from camp, which dates back to late last week, Raiders coaches and players are concerned that the receiver’s unhappiness regarding the helmet issue may be playing a role in his decision to stay away from Napa...
4) Brown initially left to seek an additional medical opinion on his frostbitten feet. Before leaving, Brown pushed back for a third time against the league’s prohibition of the helmet model he has worn for his entire nine-year career...
5) His continued frustration surrounding the situation has created a buzz among teammates and coaches, one of whom referred to the saga as “honestly the most insane thing I have ever heard. I don’t know why it’s so important to him. It doesn’t make any sense.” ...
6) The pushback began in May, when the receiver was informed by the Raiders that the NFL had officially eliminated the one-year grace period for certain helmet models, including the one worn by Brown, which had fallen short in laboratory testing for head-impact severity...
7) This meant that Brown and 31 other players who finished the 2018 season on NFL rosters, including star quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, would have to switch to approved helmets...
8) On a conference call with reporters earlier this spring, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s exec VP of health & safety initiatives, said that any team found to have known about a player wearing a banned helmet or to have facilitated the use of one would be subject to league discipline...
9) Each team's equipment manager had been instructed to remove all banned helmets. All of this was conveyed to Brown at the team’s training facility a few days before the start of Phase Three OTAs—the first time players are allowed to wear helmets during on-field workouts...
10) When he showed up for the 1st OTA, however, Brown requested his old helmet. After being told he’d have to wear an approved model, witnesses say, the WR loudly voiced his displeasure, complaining QBs such as Brady and Rodgers were not being subjected to the same scrutiny...
11) Shortly thereafter, Brown stormed out of the facility in protest. Later that day, Raiders officials found video footage of Rodgers, during the Green Bay Packers’ OTA session, wearing an approved-model helmet and texted it to Brown...
12) The following day, Brown showed up in Alameda and acted like nothing had happened, accepting the new helmet from an equipment manager without protest and completing the workout...
13) However, sometime in the next couple of weeks, Brown once again tried to take the field with his old helmet, which he had since had repainted with colors approximating—but not completely mimicking—the Raiders’ silver-and-black design...
14) He was told the helmet was not allowed, and once again, he acquiesced and wore the new model. Before Brown arrived at training camp last month, coaches and teammates believed the issue had been resolved...
15) But Brown, who practiced on his tender feet for only two days before leaving Napa to seek another opinion, tried yet again to sneak his old helmet onto the practice field, ultimately being told by team officials to remove it...
16) “He’s still freaking out about it,” said one Raiders player. “He hasn’t been here for awhile, and no one knows where he’s at.” ...
17) All of this has created an aura of mystery and uncertainty surrounding the receiver, whose highly productive tenure with the Steelers ended after a stretch of turmoil and dissatisfaction that dated back to last December, when Brown was benched for the season finale...
18) Since joining the Raiders, Brown has frustrated his new bosses by showing up late to numerous meetings and by often appearing unfocused in them...
19) Brown, according to witnesses, typically glances at the screens of several tablets and his smart phone during meetings, distracting himself by engaging in activities which include perusing his bank accounts and “liking” photos on Instagram...
20) Still, according to one source, “the meeting thing isn’t that bad… but the feet, helmet and going dark is an issue.”
This is wholly worth opening up the spoiler and giving it a read. I only wish he were still a Steeler.
 

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AB checking his bank account balances during meetings is the most AB thing ever. Really disappointed that the Steelers aren't dealing with this anymore.
 

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AB checking his bank account balances during meetings is the most AB thing ever. Really disappointed that the Steelers aren't dealing with this anymore.
Steelers? I’m just thrilled it’s not us. He’s going full TO and beyond by every indication.

Pinned for the next time, “I’ll take let’s kick the tires for $1000, Alex.”

There is crazy, then there is diva wide receiver crazy and you never want any part of the latter.
 

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Is it ok to laugh at Antonio when it seems like he is have a psychotic break?
 

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In its entirety, for those who can't see the tweet:
1) Even before suffering bizarre injuries to his feet, Antonio Brown alarmed Raiders coaches and teammates by railing against the NFL’s enhanced enforcement of helmet regulations, a policy change which will likely force the star receiver to switch to a new model...
2) Brown’s vocal resistance to the mandate, both during OTAs and shortly after his arrival in Napa, Calif. for training camp, has contributed to a disconnect with the team that acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl selection via a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers last March...
3) According to four sources familiar with Brown’s current absence from camp, which dates back to late last week, Raiders coaches and players are concerned that the receiver’s unhappiness regarding the helmet issue may be playing a role in his decision to stay away from Napa...
4) Brown initially left to seek an additional medical opinion on his frostbitten feet. Before leaving, Brown pushed back for a third time against the league’s prohibition of the helmet model he has worn for his entire nine-year career...
5) His continued frustration surrounding the situation has created a buzz among teammates and coaches, one of whom referred to the saga as “honestly the most insane thing I have ever heard. I don’t know why it’s so important to him. It doesn’t make any sense.” ...
6) The pushback began in May, when the receiver was informed by the Raiders that the NFL had officially eliminated the one-year grace period for certain helmet models, including the one worn by Brown, which had fallen short in laboratory testing for head-impact severity...
7) This meant that Brown and 31 other players who finished the 2018 season on NFL rosters, including star quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, would have to switch to approved helmets...
8) On a conference call with reporters earlier this spring, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s exec VP of health & safety initiatives, said that any team found to have known about a player wearing a banned helmet or to have facilitated the use of one would be subject to league discipline...
9) Each team's equipment manager had been instructed to remove all banned helmets. All of this was conveyed to Brown at the team’s training facility a few days before the start of Phase Three OTAs—the first time players are allowed to wear helmets during on-field workouts...
10) When he showed up for the 1st OTA, however, Brown requested his old helmet. After being told he’d have to wear an approved model, witnesses say, the WR loudly voiced his displeasure, complaining QBs such as Brady and Rodgers were not being subjected to the same scrutiny...
11) Shortly thereafter, Brown stormed out of the facility in protest. Later that day, Raiders officials found video footage of Rodgers, during the Green Bay Packers’ OTA session, wearing an approved-model helmet and texted it to Brown...
12) The following day, Brown showed up in Alameda and acted like nothing had happened, accepting the new helmet from an equipment manager without protest and completing the workout...
13) However, sometime in the next couple of weeks, Brown once again tried to take the field with his old helmet, which he had since had repainted with colors approximating—but not completely mimicking—the Raiders’ silver-and-black design...
14) He was told the helmet was not allowed, and once again, he acquiesced and wore the new model. Before Brown arrived at training camp last month, coaches and teammates believed the issue had been resolved...
15) But Brown, who practiced on his tender feet for only two days before leaving Napa to seek another opinion, tried yet again to sneak his old helmet onto the practice field, ultimately being told by team officials to remove it...
16) “He’s still freaking out about it,” said one Raiders player. “He hasn’t been here for awhile, and no one knows where he’s at.” ...
17) All of this has created an aura of mystery and uncertainty surrounding the receiver, whose highly productive tenure with the Steelers ended after a stretch of turmoil and dissatisfaction that dated back to last December, when Brown was benched for the season finale...
18) Since joining the Raiders, Brown has frustrated his new bosses by showing up late to numerous meetings and by often appearing unfocused in them...
19) Brown, according to witnesses, typically glances at the screens of several tablets and his smart phone during meetings, distracting himself by engaging in activities which include perusing his bank accounts and “liking” photos on Instagram...
20) Still, according to one source, “the meeting thing isn’t that bad… but the feet, helmet and going dark is an issue.”
This is wholly worth opening up the spoiler and giving it a read. I only wish he were still a Steeler.
At some point, why not just write a fucking article instead of a 20 part tweet?

I hate society.
 

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We gonna talk about AB threatening to sit out unless he can wear his old helmet?
 

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This is likely less about the helmet and more about extreme narcissism and trying to lay out a “new sheriff in town” scenario. It won’t happen with Gruden.
 

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This helmet story really is incredible. I can't remember anything like this ever happening. After the feet thing, this is absolutely crazy!
 

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Can’t wait for the Pats to pick him up on the cheap after Gruden cuts him. :p
 

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And I'll say this, the thread title is sublime. One of SoSH's best.
I guess it pays to be old enough to get by middle & high school listening to R.E.M.

But really, this version of the Raiders may be the most entertaining since the Rex Ryan Jets years.
 
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I guess it pays to be old enough to get by middle & high school listening to R.E.M.

But really, this version of the Raiders may be the most entertaining since the Rex Ryan Jets years.
Monster. Great album! Great song and a weird story about what that song means.

This Antonio Brown story is absolutely legendary. It really is completely unique.
 

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i feel bad for gunfitgher but man this guy is nuts watching hard knocks the raiders will never win a super bowl utill mark davis is force to sell but i never want mark davis to sell
 

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In its entirety, for those who can't see the tweet:
13) However, sometime in the next couple of weeks, Brown once again tried to take the field with his old helmet, which he had since had repainted with colors approximating—but not completely mimicking—the Raiders’ silver-and-black design...
I can't stop laughing at this part. I'm picturing AB going through a practice with a badly silver painted 8 year old Steelers helmet with a gap left over the top for the racing stripe, the Raiders logo cut off a T-shirt glued over top of the Steelers logo only on the one side but left blank on the other and the facemask removed.
 

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I can't stop laughing at this part. I'm picturing AB going through a practice with a badly silver painted 8 year old Steelers helmet with a gap left over the top for the racing stripe, the Raiders logo cut off a T-shirt glued over top of the Steelers logo only on the one side but left blank on the other and the facemask removed.
There's gotta be some good movie reference for a jacked-up fake that someone tries to pass off as the real thing and just assumes no one will notice.

This is probably worthy of the There I Fixed It blog.
 

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He has to be careful because equipment violations are punished heavily.
 

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5-day letter time. Mayock — “all-in or all-out”.

No amount of talent is worth this.
 

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Would he have had to switch helmets going from college to the NFL? I get being superstitious and I get concerns about weight or visibility, but how are you going to act like you’re the best in the business if you can only compete under very specific circumstances?