Antonio Brown's Helmet of Choice Has Been Proven Ridiculously Unsafe

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 23: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 23, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Antonio Brown's diva mentality could legitimately be the end of him.

No, seriously. It turns out the Oakland Raiders wide receiver's helmet of choice, which he's created such a massive brouhaha about, has been proven to be one of the most unsafe helmets the NFL has had to offer (at any level) for quite some time now.

The helmet model in question, the Schutt Air Advantage, received a two-star safety rating on a five-star scale in tests conducted by Virginia Tech on helmet safety almost a decade ago.

It has the third-lowest rating among the 25 helmets tested. It provides little protection to the player wearing it. In other words, it's the exact opposite of what the NFL is looking for in its headwear, yet Brown filed a grievance after he was told he couldn't wear it.

It's all fine and good to have preferences for helmets, but Brown needs to learn that function takes precedence over form when it comes to his safety. He plays at one of the most vulnerable positions in a game where all players are getting faster and stronger.

Threatening to not play football again unless he gets to wear a helmet that could prove detrimental to his safety is confounding.

The proof is in the pudding. It's downright unsafe for Brown to wear his preferred model of helmet. He's going to have to find a new preference, because his old one quite literally isn't going to cut it.