The New England Patriots unveiled their new uniforms on Monday, and one of the biggest complaints among fans was the width of the stripes on the pants not matching the UCLA stripes on the shoulders.
Turns out, the players modeling the new threads were actually wearing the wrong pants during their photoshoot.
The error wasn’t apparent when the Patriots announced the changes in the early morning hours because they essentially promoted their all-navy Color Rush set — which included pants that featured a thick white stripe sandwiched between two thin red stripes — to their primary home look. But then players started posting photos of themselves wearing the full uniform on social media, and the pants didn’t match what was unveiled earlier in the day.
While New England has not yet commented on the discrepancy, Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas confirmed through an industry source with access to the NFL’s style guide the pants worn by the players in their homes — the ones with the thicker red stripes that match the jersey — are what the Patriots will actually wear this fall, not the pants from the photoshoot.
It’s unclear why the error was overlooked during the shooting and editing processes, but it’s also not the first time this offseason something like that has slipped through the cracks, as not one player was wearing the correct helmet with the reduced-sized logo on the sides when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled their new uniforms on April 7.
The recent coronavirus outbreak has also forced teams to get creative with their uniform unveilings, with the Cleveland Browns holding a photoshoot in someone’s garage and the Los Angeles Chargers photoshopping their new look onto old player photos.
Photos via James White and Paul Lukas.