By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Antonio Brown has to find a new helmet. It also means he has to find a new business partner.
Adam Schefter first reported on Friday that helmet manufacturer Xenith has decided to end its relationship with the new Patriots receiver. Brown previously agreed to wear a custom Xenith Shadow helmet as part of an endorsement deal, which has now been broken off.
"We look forward to seeing the Xenith Shadow worn by football athletes at all levels of play this fall," the company said in a brief statement, per Schefter.
There's no official reason given for Xenith's decision. But perhaps not coincidentally, the move comes four days after news broke that Brown's former trainer filed a civil lawsuit accusing him of rape and sexual assault.
Brown announced on Sept. 4 that he chose the Xenith Shadow as his helmet for 2019, ending a weeks-long saga over the receiver's desire to wear the Schutt AiR Advantage, a helmet that was no longer acceptable per NFL rules. He filed a grievance against the league, held out of Raiders training camp, and reportedly considered retiring over the helmet issue.
Now, it appears he is back to the drawing board in a Patriots uniform.
If he plays on Sunday against the Dolphins - and all signs indicate that he will - Brown may just have to wear whatever the Patriots can provide.
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