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NFL Arbitrator Reportedly Rules Against Raiders WR Antonio Brown in Infamous Helmet Case

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 25:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on August 25, 2018 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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It looks like Antonio Brown could be headed for an early retirement.

The senseless helmet fiasco is over. AB cannot wear his beloved old helmet that has been outlawed by the NFL after an arbitrator ruled against the Oakland Raiders wide receiver on Monday, according to reports.

This ruling comes shortly after an NFL spokesperson said Monday that players can't practice or play in games with equipment that's not approved by the league. Brown's helmet model is over 10 years old, and such equipment is not certified by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOSCAE).

One would think this is fairly simple, but this is Brown we're dealing with here. Apparently he thinks he's the only one who has to suffer from the latest standards.

The bottom line is that whatever the league is doing on the equipment front, it's most likely to improve the safety for players, given all the backlash that's come in recent years, especially on the concussion front.

Now it's up to Brown, who can retire and get a hefty sum of $1 million if he walks away from the game.