Justice Ginsburg apologizes for comments regarding anthem protests

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apparently believes her comments about “dumb and disrespectful” national anthem protests were, well, dumb and disrespectful.

The 83-year-old jurist has apologized for her remarks about NFL players who have opted not to stand for the anthem.

“Some of you have inquired about a book interview in which I was asked how I felt about Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who refused to stand for the national anthem,” Justice Ginsburg said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh. I should have declined to respond.”

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who launched the protests during the preseason, had reacted to Justice Ginsburg’s initial remarks, prior to her apology.

It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that,” Kaepernick said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “I was reading an article and it refers to white critique of black protests and how they try to de-legitimize it by calling it ‘idiotic, dumb, stupid,’ things of that nature, so they can sidestep the real issue. As I was reading that I saw more and more truth how this has been approached by people in power and white people in power in particular.”

Kaepernick has explained that the protest arises from concerns regarding the manner in which some police officers interact with African-Americans and people of color. Kaepernick specifically has raised the question of the training requirements for police officers.

107 responses to “Justice Ginsburg apologizes for comments regarding anthem protests

  1. No, Ruth, you had it right the first time. Until the social media mobbery of political correctness reared it’s ugly head. But don’t worry, you have lots of company, Jim Harbaugh, Jerry Rice, etc, etc, Even when the baby is an ugly monster, you can’t say “Hey that baby is an ugly monster”. No, no.

  2. this site used to be an outlet for football fun. like most these days the introduction of politics into the discussion just doesn’t make sense. know your audience and please stop pretending people come here to get more political gibberish.

  3. Kap appears to be the intellect here, I would think a supreme court justices first response would be the correct one.

  4. The one time a liberal was briefly honest and they get hammered by the pc police and are forced to apologize. Where is the outrage and protests for all the whites that have been brutally attacked during these peaceful riots.

  5. Why is ck an idiot? Because he finds it necessary to stand and piss on the graves of fallen American soldiers of all races and religion to further his cause.

  6. We keep being told that Kaepernick started a “conversation”. But when somebody attempts to have a conversation, they are either shouted down, or pressured to recant their statement that goes against the PC narrative.

  7. Well she didn’t say his protest against oppression and injustice was stupid, just that his method of protest is. No apology was necessary from her at all.

  8. While it’s always better to know what you’re talking about, before criticizing someone (especially in the media)
    but at least she admitted her error.
    Wish more people
    (who don’t have the excuse of being 83)
    were capable of this.

  9. Today’s absurd political correctness knows no bounds. The justicw had it right the first time but snhe winds up back pedaling and actually apologizing for saying what she believed in. Well into a good thing she apologized. We wouldn’t want KAP or any of the other protesters getting their feelings hurt. They are very sensitive people.

  10. As a white person, I feel that these particular protests are both disrespectful and intentionally insulting.

    I take them as a personal insult.

    I do not believe that I am alone in my reaction.

    If that was not Kaepernick’ s intention then he (and his followers) have missed their mark in a very significant way.

    It is never inappropriate to protest injustice, but it is counterproductive to gratuitously insult the very people of whom you seek concession.

  11. Apparently we have a Supreme Court justice, someone who decides matters which shape interpretation of this country’s fundamental principles, who only practices carefully thought out opinions while “on the job”. She also retracted her opinion on Trump. Are we seeing a trend here?

  12. I still maintain Kap’s sitting/kneeling are misplaced for what he is trying to state, and I still maintain his protest activities need to be on his own time, not fans’ time. Waitresses, doctors, and stadium employees providing services don’t dump on me with their social and political views and I don’t expect performers like football players to do it either. Away from the workplace, when they’re not delivering something I’m paying for, protest all you want, about whatever you want.

  13. Too bad she caved in and apologized for speaking the truth.

    Just read what this small minded, racist says in the article above. Everything he observes about society is driven by the color of a person’s skin. Is that not the irrefutable definition of racism?

    And the NFL wonders why so many people are detaching themselves from the sport by not watching the games any longer, when doing so only gives Kaepernick and his ilk a platform to push their anti cop, anti military, anti America agenda.

  14. She obviously got pressure from her liberal PC counterparts to tow the company line rather than exercise her right to freedom of speech. Sad and pathetic..

  15. A female cop in Chicago was recently beaten unconscious by a man who was high on PCP. She was trying to arrest him, but didn’t shoot him for fear of scrutiny on her family and the police department. Are Black Lives Matter and Colin Kaepernick going to apologize to her?

  16. Still waiting for one, just one, anti-Kaepernick person to explain how the protests have effected their life. Has there been a tangible decline in your life situation as a result of a few players kneeling during the anthem?

    If you cannot articulate something beyond “they are disrespecting the flag/anthem” you care way, way too much about this.

  17. Sad when we need our athletes to school or supreme court justices. Wherever you stand on the issue, calling it dumb or disrespectful only illustrates you don’t get it.

    The sock thing was disrespect, though. That was dumb.

  18. I thought that this issue had gotten as silly as it was possible for it to get.

    I was wrong – a justice of the Supreme Court of The United States has virtually apologized to a NFL 2nd string QB who occasionally wears socks depicting policemen as pigs to practice.

    Whoever got her to make that initial idiotic remark is really crowing now, because he’s got an issue (?) going here.

    Sigh

  19. Not a fan of Justice Ginsburg and her ultra-liberal politics by any means, but why should she apologize? So many times in our society these days, we see people speak their minds, and then apologize or try to ‘walk back’ what they said. It’s part of what’s wrong with our country and why we’re in the mess we’re in these days.

  20. PC at its best…a supreme court judge can no longer make a comment on something that is not before the court…the rapid decline of the NFL and America continues unabated…

  21. Why do people speak their mind, then apologize when people don’t like it? You’re a Supreme Court Justice. You don’t need to apologize to anyone.

  22. Justice Ginsberg is in failing health. She has made a few questionable remarks lately. Maybe it’s time to step away.
    But to the larger question, when will it be ok to talk about the black on black crime in this country? Bill Cosby would not be facing jail time if he had kept his mouth shut. Ray Lewis spoke up and well, he isn’t at ESPN any more. Shouldn’t both of these issues be receiving equal scrutiny?

  23. Get ready Krap for all the players that disrespect you for dissing the flag and our country!! They will be seeing you on the field! Here’s hoping, you get what you deserve!! An ass whipping!!

  24. I am surprised she came out against him in the first place since she is a leftist.
    The main stream media gave her a free pass on it but they would not have done the same for conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.

  25. You know what was really dumb and disrespectful and hurt his position? The Castro shirt and pig socks. Nothing anyone else could say or do could diminish his message or destroy his credibility right out of the gate more than he did all by himself. Divisiveness is seldom the best first step when the objective is purportedly equality and unity. I take no issue with reasonable and considered protest by the other players involved but as leaders go there is more Huey P Long than Martin Luther King to Kaepernick.

  26. Politics running amok all over the NFL. Shameful and a huge turn off. Therefore, I will be rooting very hard for my starting LT and watching a lot of great hockey games this fall.

  27. Classy response Colin. I am so proud of You.

    We both know there’s nothing like a “liberal” who’s, liberalism gets a little muddy when confronted with issues of race.
    Ginsburg should be ashamed.

  28. “Barely aware” is not what we want in a Supreme Court Justice. There should be term limits for all of our politicians and appointed judges.

  29. xLith says:
    Oct 15, 2016 2:55 AM
    She shouldn’t have to apologize for her opinion.
    ———————–
    She’s not. She’s apologizing for being dismissive. Which is about as close as We are going to get to the “core” issue.

  30. It’s Dumb because you’re basically protesting the right to protest…

    Standing for the National Anthem means standing for freedom (and the right to protest). Standing for the National Anthem does not mean you support oppression and kneeling does not mean you’re fighting injustice….

    Is that simple enough?… That’s why the Rooney Rule doesn’t work… because idiots are trying to fight racism with racism…duh

  31. “rohinaz says:
    Oct 15, 2016 2:21 AM
    The one time a liberal was briefly honest and they get hammered by the pc police and are forced to apologize.”

    I couldn’t agree with this more. What a sad country we live in where honesty now requires an apology.

  32. I am surprised that anyone finds this to be an apology. She simply said that “should” have offered no comment. Therefore, her statement of opinion and position remains consistent.

    There is a difference between being PC and being a jurist on the highest court. She has lost much credibility, and more so, she may indeed have to recuse herself from any case that will eventually come to that court with an issue on civil liberties and law enforcement. Trust me, a good attorney will definitely demand this done.

  33. Further evidence that Supreme Court Justices should not be lifetime positions.. These Geriatric Geezers start slipping in their later years.
    First Ginsberg criticized Trump.. then apologized.. Then she blasted Anthem protestors.. apologized.. When a Supreme Court Justice starts stringing together weekly apologies.. its probably time to retire.

  34. Oh and another thing about how police interact the blacks. More white people are shot and killed by police every year. If blacks are killed by police because they are black why are White men killed by police? Because they are white? Until the media gets off the image that police are out there killing black (just because they are black) you can not have a conversation on the entire issue. The need to better training , different techniques can not be had it the media insist that it is only a black issue. Please feel free to take down this post at your earliest convenience.

  35. That picture of her tells me dinner ain’t sitting so well and the time to pay piper is getting near.

  36. A female cop in Chicago was recently beaten unconscious by a man who was high on PCP. She was trying to arrest him, but didn’t shoot him for fear of scrutiny on her family and the police department. Are Black Lives Matter and Colin Kaepernick going to apologize to her?

  37. I’m going to say three things about this.
    I’m going to be glad when this election cycle is over.
    I feel Justice Ginsburg is entitled to her opinion, I see both sides of this situation.
    This is a something that may have been discussed/put forward. If Kaepernick was still the starter would he have engaged in this protest….

  38. Cap, if you want to make a diff, leave football and seek power and change through knowledge and action, like fellow black power brethren Clarence Thomas and Barack Obama. If everyone in power is corrupt, as you say, make a difference and interject change. Sitting on a locker room bench and criticizing America to the media isn’t going to move mountains. Stop your whining, stand tall like a bold leader and make a real difference.

  39. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Oct 15, 2016 7:36 AM
    Still waiting for one, just one, anti-Kaepernick person to explain how the protests have effected their life. Has there been a tangible decline in your life situation as a result of a few players kneeling during the anthem?

    If you cannot articulate something beyond “they are disrespecting the flag/anthem” you care way, way too much about this.
    ________________________________________

    Watch the kids emulating the moron. Then look at the post above yours.

  40. PC police strike again…

    @rich111 This site does seem to take down any post not agreeable to their left leaning views

  41. The protests ARE disrespectful. But there is a very simple way to end them.

    Stop putting them on camera. That’s not suspending them. It isn’t attacking the players at all. It’s just taking attention away from them.

    As it should be.

  42. therealraider says:
    Oct 15, 2016 10:10 AM
    Further evidence that Supreme Court Justices should not be lifetime positions..
    ==================

    In today’s divisive political landscape lifetime appointments are more necessary evils than ever. It’s the cost of isolating the court from undue influence and the political expediency of the moment. Fully agree there needs to be some non political method for evaluating competency in the face of increased age though.

  43. 83 is too old to be on the Supreme Court and making decisions that affect you and me. Honestly most of of would be uneasy letting her drive our car. She was a very smart lady and now she is 83 and it is time to step away. Lifetime appointments are insane given what we know about aging. Do you want your airplane pilot or your neurosurgeon to have a lifetime appointment?

  44. Justice Ginsburg probably shouldn’t have commented on Kaepernick’s protest. But that doesn’t diminish the validity of her initial remarks. I interpreted her original comment as critical of the method—and not the merits—of Kaepernick’s protest. As to the merits of his complaint, suffice it to say that all the police training in the world won’t end these types of violent confrontations. There’s only one, nearly sure-fire way to prevent police shootings. It’s called, “Obey the commands of the officer.”

  45. It is getting to the point in this country where – despite the right to Freedom of Speech – you cannot express any opinion you may hold, on any subject, anymore.

    Colin Kaepernick says he was expressing his right of Free Speech, yet he denied Justice Ginsburg that very same right.

  46. The liberal media takes down another. Ginsy, about 80%+ of all NFL fans back u 100%. Thoughts and prayers out to the San Fran cop shot in the head by an oppressed person last night responding to a disturbance call. Im sure all the NFL employee protesters will be taking a knee tomorrow in his honor.

  47. Whenever I try to make this point my comment never gets published, but I’ll try again. This is a legit issue for the black community, no doubt. But it is a 2 way street. Their concern should be 2 fold. They have the first concern correct. The second concern that black America refuses to acknowledge is that the behavior toward law enforcement plays a role in all of this. Stop running from the cops. Stop treating the cops like scum. Stop teaching your children that cops can’t be trusted and cops are out to get you, etc. It takes respect to get respect. I’m sick of seeing people disrespect the cops and then whine about the cops not giving them respect. I would bet any money on the planet, that if the black community began respecting the police, understanding the job the police have and just how hard it really is, things would change dramatically over night. Whether right or wrong, the perception is that the black community doesn’t want to do an effing thing, and won’t lift a finger, they just want everything done for them. That’s the perception. Why acknowledge your short comings when you can just deflect blame onto the cops…? That’s my $0.02.

  48. Folks get used to this type of stuff. Soon you won’t be able to have opinions outside of the liberal way of thinking without fear of your life being ruined on social media. This is how it starts.

  49. Ruth Buzzi Ginsberg doesn’t even know which country she is using for legal precedent – she should never be consulted on anything that requires cogent thought.

    And Krappernick was wrong. Still is. And hopefully he is injured for the rest of the season after getting his starting job back. That way he can squat while the rest of the men stand.

  50. That one time Gingsburg spoke truth and the “pc police” made her take it back: “He is a faker, he has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that….I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president”.

  51. @JSpicoli – “Watch the kids emulate the moron. Then look at the posts above yours”.

    Invalid argument. Unless one of those kids is yours a million kids could emulate Kaepernick and it still has no effect on you. Likewise, there are currently no posts above or below mine where anyone indicates that the protests have had a tangible negative effect on their personal lives.

    Continally obsessing about the protests is a personally inflicted negative impact. Try to realize that it means nothing to you.

  52. so let me get this straight. most of the comments on this thread are both chastising kaepernick for his politically incorrect action and bemoaning the existence of the “pc police”. what a bunch of hypocrites! does that make the commenters the “new” pc police?

  53. jamaltimore says:
    Oct 15, 2016 1:16 AM

    this site used to be an outlet for football fun. like most these days the introduction of politics into the discussion just doesn’t make sense. know your audience and please stop pretending people come here to get more political gibberish.
    ——————————————————–
    I don’t know if everyone see’s it but on the right side there is an ad about Bloomburg’s anti-gun scheme and fighting back. It’s virtually impossible these days to escape politics with the obscene amount of money being spent on either side of any issue. I agree, I wish there was one place to go without having to put up with fight’s between millionaire’s and billionaires.

  54. It’s so weird how the outrage against the (kneeling) NFL players is much greater than the outrage against the government leaders who sent our troops into a war that was sold to the public on a false premise. But, that’s how insanity works.

  55. thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 15, 2016 1:08 AM
    No, Ruth, you had it right the first time. Until the social media mobbery of political correctness reared it’s ugly head. But don’t worry, you have lots of company, Jim Harbaugh, Jerry Rice, etc, etc, Even when the baby is an ugly monster, you can’t say “Hey that baby is an ugly monster”. No, no.

    ___

    Political correctness – which btw is code word for “fall in line with my doctrine” (authoritarianism and contrary to the ideals of the USA – also manifests itself when you are told you must follow symbols of the US versus say, why we were formed. You don’t get to be part of the Tea Party and claim PC is a bad thing, and you don’t get to be part of the extreme left and say PC is a bad thing. I served, and I served to give people the right to protest. I could care less about a flag. I care about the values on which this country was founded, one of which was the right to protest, peacefully in your way.

    Maybe you should read the First Amendment and not just the Second. Maybe you should read the document in whole.

  56. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Oct 15, 2016 2:30 PM

    It’s so weird how the outrage against the (kneeling) NFL players is much greater than the outrage against the government leaders who sent our troops into a war that was sold to the public on a false premise. But, that’s how insanity works.
    ————
    And the person I assume you are going to vote for voted to send troops into Iraq yet you will still pull the lever for her in November. Insanity indeed.

  57. Haha. Progressives are a funny bunch. They love you until you disagree with them. They preach tolerance, then attack for not aligning with their stances. Such a confusing bunch, Notorious RBG learned the hard way. Now they’ll feast on her.

  58. The only acceptable opinion is the liberal opinion. Liberals believe they are on the side of right and there is no debating. Liberalization will be the end of a once great nation. We had a good run.

  59. painsyndicate says:
    Oct 15, 2016 4:29 PM
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Oct 15, 2016 2:30 PM

    It’s so weird how the outrage against the (kneeling) NFL players is much greater than the outrage against the government leaders who sent our troops into a war that was sold to the public on a false premise. But, that’s how insanity works.
    ————
    And the person I assume you are going to vote for voted to send troops into Iraq yet you will still pull the lever for her in November. Insanity indeed.
    ——————————————————–

    The unfortunate reality is that both Trump and Hillary supported the Iraq decision when it was the “in thing” to do so. That is crazy . . . I agree with you. And it is precisely the reason I’m not bothered about a few football players who choose peaceful demonstration as a way to protest injustice as they perceive it. Peaceful demonstrations don’t blow your body parts off.

  60. You don’t have to apologize, you are appointed for life. You should be sorry for choosing the court. If you went to Congress you could’ve worked 2-4 years and retired with full pay and benefits. Your children would be exempt from paying back their student loans, and you’d get a checking account that you can overdraft at will with no consequences. Oh, and if you’re found to be corrupt even with all those perk? Resign, move to the Bahamas, and collect your benefits. Tired of it people? FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE SAME…. HILLARY FOR PREZ!

  61. Justice RBG had not a thing for which to apologize. She stated her opinion, which does seem to reflect the majority of Americans! I hate the PC police ‘advised” her to apologize. Perhaps, even as the most liberal judge on the Supreme Court, she may be more in touch than most think!
    Respect is earned & not demanded. It is simple. Do exactly as you are told, be polite, make sure both hands are in full view, and perhaps one might earn the respect of the cops, who face life and death situations everyday. That is what I told my son, who was stopped frequently, because of the car he drove as a teen. He did just that and never had any problem and he is White! Very simple…..(I, also, hope my comment is not deleted, again)

  62. Ginsburg is one of the liberal Justices on the Supreme Court. In our court systems, people are looking for their cases to be decided based on our Constitution and laws. Those are the rules of our society. All judges take an oath of office to support the Constitution. However, the liberal judges claim that the Constitution is open to the individual interpretations of judges. That point of view makes the Constitution just a suggestion rather than a rule, which defeats the purpose of our Constitution and laws….and the courts. Which may shed light on Ginsburg’s flip-flop on protesting America.

  63. shlort says:
    Oct 15, 2016 4:49 PM
    The only acceptable opinion is the liberal opinion. Liberals believe they are on the side of right and there is no debating. Liberalization will be the end of a once great nation. We had a good run.”

    ******************************************************

    HUH?? That “run” ended a long time ago. I would place the end at 1989, with the end of the Reagan administration. Since then, EVERYTHING has gone downhill!

  64. Colin Kapernick is a moron. I hope a Buffalo Bill with a tie to law enforcement puts him out for the season.

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