Antonio Brown really loves his old helmet.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Oakland Raiders wide receiver "filed a new grievance against the NFL over its attempt to prevent him from wearing any Schutt AiR Advantage helmet less than 10 years old."
ESPN's Adam Schefter also reported Brown filed a second grievance.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Brown is "arguing that he should be afforded the same right provided to other NFL players to have a one-year grace period to phase out his helmet in 2019 season. He claims the NFL is arbitrarily applying rules."
He added that "the expectation is that it will be heard by an arbitrator on an expedited basis."
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote Brown is essentially trying to use a loophole to win this second grievance. As he noted, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment won't certify any helmets that are over 10 years old. However, the Schutt AiR Advantage helmet Brown prefers hasn't been banned by the league, and he located helmets of that variety that were less than 10 years old.
Players were given a one-year grace period to replace banned helmets. As Florio noted, Brown's argument is that since the Schutt AiR Advantage wasn't banned and he has a model that is less than 10 years old, he should be given that same grace period.
The NFL will likely argue it has already given Brown a year to identify a new helmet and make the necessary adjustments.
Aditi Kinkhabwala @AKinkhabwala
To be fair, the @NFL says it notified multiple players (including Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Antonio Brown) prior to the 2018 season that they’d need to change their helmets to approved models for the 2019 season. They all should’ve had a year to “process” and “figure” it out. https://t.co/cmTPgxNEP8
"You all know that A.B. is not here today. So here's the bottom line: He's upset about the helmet issue," Mayock said. "We have supported that. We appreciate that. But at this point, we've pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So from our perspective, it's time for him to be all-in or all-out. So we're hoping he's back soon."
It's unclear if Brown will remain with Oakland during this second grievance. But the Raiders and their fans are almost assuredly tiring of this ongoing situation—a level of fatigue that will only be amplified if Brown leaves the team again.