Report: Helmet Manufacturer Ends Relationship With Antonio Brown Days After Signing With Patriots
Antonio Brown won’t be placed on the NFL Commissioner’s exempt list because there’s no criminal investigation into his case. The wide receiver faces rape and sexual assault accusations, and it looks like this scandal won’t come without a heavy price. Namely, Brown lost his endorsement deal with Xenith. The helmet manufacturer pulled its endorsement with the wide receiver as confirmed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“We look forward to seeing the Xenith Shadow worn by football athletes at all levels of play this fall,” the company said today.
Brown was super thrilled about the endorsement deal. He had so much trouble with the Oakland Raiders and the helmet thing, so a Xenith helmet looked like a perfect idea.
“NFL athletes have a choice in what helmet they wear. I choose Xenith,” Brown said in a release. “It’s not easy to make a change like this so far into your career, but the Xenith Shadow was the only helmet that could fit my needs on the field. “It’s just, I only get one head and one neck. So I gotta make sure when guys (are) trying to take my head off, I got the right lid to protect (me).”
He was about to earn money from the change, but unfortunately, the deal was brought to an end.
The receiver filed two grievances for the right to sport the now-discontinued Schutt Air Advantage. He was wearing this helmet his entire career, and giving up on it wasn’t acceptable. Brown will wear a newer Schutt model called the Schutt Air XP as confirmed by Helmet Stalker.
When it comes to his role with the New England Patriots, Brown will probably play on Sunday.
“We’ll do what’s best for the team,” head coach Bill Belichick said. “Long way to go, obviously. Not familiar with our offense. The systems he’s been in have been quite different. He’s working hard to pick it up and we’re working hard to get it to him.”
Things are getting really messy with Brown and these allegations. He is set to meet with the NFL. His accuser, Britney Taylor, will meet with the league next week.