Willie McGinest Hits Out at Antonio Brown For Helmet Drama That Saw Him Miss Oakland Raiders Training Camp
Willie McGinest has hit out at Antonio Brown for revealing his helmet drama this summer was a marketing ploy.
Brown missed large parts of Oakland Raiders training camp this summer through injury but also in a dispute over his head gear.
The NFL banned Brown from wearing a model of helmet he wore all his career in Pittsburgh before he was traded to Oakland in March because it was discontinued due to safety concerns.
The Raiders fined Brown around $54,000 for missing team practices this summer because of the helmet dispute.
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Brown hit out at Oakland on social media saying his "own team want to hate" and later revealed he had a new helmet deal.
He posted a picture on Instagram of his new helmet with the caption 'helmet drama over' and added: "Most calculated move by far; I choose."
NFL Network analyst McGinest thinks Brown put himself before the team with his actions.
Speaking on Total Access, the former New England Patriot said: "If you're missing practices and getting fined for not being there and the perception is you want a new helmet for health reasons and you don't feel comfortable, then leave it at that.
"But don't post something on Instagram to show everybody that this was all calculated and I planned this whole thing to get a new helmet deal.
"It's not fair to your team because you wasn't there, it's not fair to your coaches and it's not fair to everybody else.
"I get it, you're a rock star, you have lots of deals, but don't take yourself out of the team concept."
Brown has also been dealing with injuries to his feet this summer after not wearing the correct footwear in a cryotherapy chamber in France.
The 31-year-old was traded to the Oakland Raiders in March after spending his entire nine-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brown is one of the best receivers in the league but had an up-and-down relationship with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, which led to him being traded to the Raiders.