Patriots Head Coach Jerod Mayo: ‘I do see Color Because I Believe if you Don’t see Color, you Can’t see Racism’

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The New England Patriots introduced Jerod Mayo at Gillette Stadium as the franchise’s 15th head coach on Wednesday and he believes, “If you don’t see color, you can’t see racism”.

Mayo, who is replacing six-time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Belichick, becomes New England’s first Black head coach, CBS Sports reports.

In their first press conference, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was asked what hiring the first Black coach in Patriots history meant to him. Kraft responded by saying he’s “colorblind” when it comes to hiring the best people for his franchise.

“I chose the best head coach for this organization. He happens to be a man of color,” Kraft said.

Jerod Mayo responded, “I appreciate [Kraft] and the organization selecting me to be a Black head coach. … What I will say, though, is I do see color because I believe if you don’t see color, you can’t see racism.”

“… It goes back to whatever it is, black, white, yellow. It really doesn’t matter, but it does matter, so we can try to fix a problem that we all know we have,” he added.


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