The Pittsburgh Steelers are not planning to change the colors of their jerseys at all.
General manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin, however, did acknowledge the need to be careful in how they use their uniforms during the national anthem.
“I don’t want to change it, but I think we’ve got to be thoughtful about the color of the jerseys,” Colbert said Monday.
“It’s not going to be a problem.”
The Steelers, who will wear their jerseys in their game against the Cleveland Browns this week, have worn black in recent weeks.
The team’s players and coaches have worn their black jerseys in protest of police brutality and racial injustice in the United States.
“You want to make sure that it’s not something that is divisive or something that’s divisive for any reason, but at the same time, we’ve been through it, too, as a team, and we’ve had to be mindful of how we approach it,” Colbert continued.
Colbert said he hopes to work with the NFLPA to develop a resolution to how to address the issue, but he didn’t specify what that might entail.”
So it’s always a challenge, but we’ll be mindful, I think, of how our players approach it.”
Colbert said he hopes to work with the NFLPA to develop a resolution to how to address the issue, but he didn’t specify what that might entail.
Colbert also said that he is committed to maintaining the team’s “black pride” during the anthem, which he said “has been a consistent theme throughout the season.”
Colleges and universities across the country have been debating how to handle the protests, with some schools including a majority white student body in recent years.
“This is a team we have a great relationship with and we will continue to do everything possible to build a positive relationship,” Colbert added.
“I’m not saying we won’t do something else.
We’re not going away from this issue.
But I am confident that we’re going to do things in a way that is respectful and respectful to our players and our fans, and that’s what I’ve been focused on.”