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NFL Releases Statement After Colorblind Fans Complain About Bills-Jets ‘Color Rush’ Uniforms
Are you red-green colorblind? If not, you may have been able to appreciate the ‘Color Rush’ uniforms being worn by the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills during Thursday night’s contest between these two AFC East foes.
But for those who are in fact red-green colorblind, well, this is what the game looked like to them:
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 13, 2015
As you can see, everyone looks like they’re playing for the Jets, which resulted in a less-than-ideal viewing experience for all of the colorblind fans out there.
Here are some of their complaints, via Twitter:
This matchup is a color blind person’s nightmare. Teams are blending together.
— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) November 13, 2015
Great night to watch football if you’re like me – red/green color blind.
— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) November 13, 2015
— Coach Arnold Jr (@stontheready) November 13, 2015
I am actually incapable of watching this game as a colorblind person. every player is on the same team as far as I know.
— Sam Cooper (@SamDCooper) November 13, 2015
On behalf of all who deal with a mild color blindness that makes reds and greens tough to differentiate… I say this is a cruel, cruel joke.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) November 13, 2015
— Lawrence Tynes (@lt4kicks) November 13, 2015
— Michael A. Giarrusso (@MichaelG1) November 13, 2015
As the last Tweet mentions, there are quite a few colorblind individuals in America—approximately 13 million, to be more specific. So this was a pretty significant issue, and according to a statement the NFL released through Darren Rovell’s Twitter account, they plan on adding color blind analysis to all of their standard television tests in the future:
In screen test of uniforms, NFL says it didn’t account for color blindness, will in future pic.twitter.com/sHB5q5hQeL
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 13, 2015
As for next week’s ‘Color Rush’ game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars, well, good luck to anyone who is blue-yellow colorblind: