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NFL bans ‘Shredder’ and ‘Bane’ face masks

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In late February, the NBA asked Miami Heat forward LeBron James not to wear the black protective face mask that drew comparisons to Batman and Bane. Now the NFL is making its own move against masks with similar comic-book parallels

NFL Network reports the league will ban non-standard/overbuilt face masks in the 2014 season, saying they aren’t up to safety standards. That means Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck will have to say farewell to his “Shredder Mask,” which he named because of its similarity to the one worn by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain. So too will Raiders rookie Khalil Mack, who wore a similar design in college.

And no Bane masks, either. According to NFL Network, four players last season wore what will soon be considered illegal face masks.

Non-standard face mask designs

Non-standard face mask designs

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But how will I show my support for breaking Batman’s back at Gotham Knights games?

Sometimes the perfect comment comes along. @Bully just gave us that one.

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