icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

‘I can't f**king BREATHE under this thing’: LSU linebacker identifies flaw in new anti-coronavirus helmets (VIDEO)

‘I can't f**king BREATHE under this thing’: LSU linebacker identifies flaw in new anti-coronavirus helmets (VIDEO)
Louisiana State University linebacker Soni Fonua found what could be a fatal flaw with the new face shields designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus on the gridiron – the inability of the player to breathe.

Fonua posted a video of himself wearing a helmet fitted with the new shield in the LSU locker room, saying, “I can't f**king breathe under this thing. Yes sir.” Offensive lineman Austin Deculus added, “It's like breathing in a Ziploc bag.”

Breathing difficulties or not, the players may have no choice but to wear the Schutt Splash Shields on their helmets. LSU's football equipment crew said on Twitter: “Adapt, adjust. Splash Shields ready to go.”

A similar shield developed by Oakley will be used in the National Football League this season, though it likely won’t be mandatory for players. The NFL Players Association has opposed making it requisite. The Oakley Mouth Shield at least has air openings. 

Also on rt.com 'Iron Mike' Ditka blasts NFL kneeling protests, says those who disrespect national anthem should ‘get the hell out of the country’

Difficulties breathing might not be the only unintended consequence of the face shields, as a fogged mask would also make it difficult to actually see the ball.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Podcasts