Patriots’ Jerod Mayo insists he ‘sees color’ after becoming first black coach in New England history: ‘If you don’t, you can’t see racism’

Jerod Mayo revealed he «sees color» after taking over from Bill Belichick to become the first black coach in Patriots history.

The 37-year-old was unveiled Wednesday at his first press conference since replacing the legendary Belichick.

Mayo insisted that «being the first black coach here in New England means a lot to me,» and the former linebacker didn’t shy away from addressing the issue of race.

Team owner Robert Kraft said he was ‘colorblind’ when choosing his head coach, claiming: ‘He happens to be a man of color, but I chose him because I think he’s the best for the job.’

But Mayo then insisted: “I see color.

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The trainer explained, “Me believe that if you can’t see color you can’t see racism. And no matter what happens — black, white… even someone with a disability — people usually say, “No. When they’re young, it gets a little hot.’

“But what I would say is, No, I want you to be able to go to those people and really understand those people.

He added: «It matters so we can try to solve the problem we all know we have.»

It comes after Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said «we’re not looking at paint.»

In October 2022, Bowles was asked about the possibility of facing the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin in a matchup between two black coaches.

“We don’t look at what color we have when we train against each other; we just know each other,» he said.

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«I have a lot of very good white friends who train in this league as well and I don’t think it’s a big problem as far as we’re concerned, when we train against each other, I think it’s normal … we train the ball, no look on color.»

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