Allegations Against Antonio Brown Cost Him Helmet Deal

John Healy
September 14, 2019 - 10:41 am

It appears as if Antonio Brown is without a helmet, again.

Helmet manufacturer Xenith decided to drop its endorsement deal with Brown following allegations of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit that was filed on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“We look forward to seeing Xenith Shadow worn by football athletes at all levels of play this fall,” the said in a statement to Schefter.

Before signing with the New England Patriots last week, Brown spent most of training camp with the Oakland Raiders battling with the NFL over the type of helmet he wanted to wear — the Schutt AiR Advantage, which was no longer certified and deemed unsafe.

The All-Pro receiver threatened retirement, missed practices and filed two grievances against the league, both of which he lost, before he managed to land an endorsement deal with Xenith once the saga was over.

Brown had yet to play a game wearing the helmet because he was released by the Raiders two days before the start of the season.

The Patriots signed Brown to a one-year, $15 million deal with $9 million in guaranteed but were reportedly blindsided when allegations of sexual assault and rape were made on Tuesday by Brown’s former trainer, Britney Taylor.

The NFL decided not to place Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list, making him eligible for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Head coach Bill Belichick would not reveal if the plan was to play Brown or not, but if he does, he will have to find a new helmet once again.