Jim Harbaugh clarifies, still disagrees with Kaepernick’s action

AP

Colin Kaepernick’s first coach, Jim Harbaugh, didn’t hold back when asked today what he thinks of Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem.

“I acknowledge his right to do that, but I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” Harbaugh said today.

With some time to reflect, Harbaugh changed that, to say that he does support the motivation — just not the action.

“I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments. To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to,” Harbaugh wrote on Twitter.

Harbaugh seems to be saying that he thinks Kaepernick’s concerns about police brutality are valid, but Harbaugh doesn’t agree that sitting out the anthem is the right way to express those concerns. That’s been a common response to Kaepernick’s decision, which has quickly become the biggest controversy in the NFL.

8 responses to “Jim Harbaugh clarifies, still disagrees with Kaepernick’s action

  1. Put your money where your mouth is – I prefer guys doing like what Brady does and Charles Woodson does $2 million to Mott Children’s Hospital I am sure rather than disrespecting the flag ( which is his right) he could find something more worthwhile to do – like give a million bucks of your guaranteed money – homeless youth alliance -then say what you want to say – He is just a lazy jerk

  2. “I agreed with him until people started giving me lip, so now I disagree with some of it, but agree with other parts of it. Thank you.”
    Jim Hargaugh

  3. I’m a huge Kaep fan, or maybe was. But I’m a Niners fan first. I’m not defending Kaep, but his conversion to Islam and his girlfriend being Muslim may have a lot to do with his new found persona. Before, he was all about his God. Tattoos with Bible verses, talking about his faith, etc. Now, he’s a whole different guy. You’re paid to play football, Kaep. If you want to go into politics, go for it. I’m here to watch you play football, it’s what you’re there for. Kaep sitting during the National Anthem did nothing. If you’re that concerned about everything, take your millions and give back to the people you think are oppressed. Build up those neighborhoods, put your money to good use. If you believe in something, then make your word your bond and go put it into action. If this country is so bad, no one is stopping you from leaving. I don’t like going to work everyday, but I do because I provide for my family. If you want to leave and find somewhere better, go. If I were you, I’d be saving my money, though. Looks like you may not be playing football that much longer. At least not on the Niners.

  4. Oddly enough, Harbaugh’s clarification sounds oddly similar to what Richard Sherman was quoted as saying just a couple of hours ago at the Seattle Times.

    Weird, I know.

  5. I’m a huge Kaep fan, or maybe was. But I’m a Niners fan first. I’m not defending Kaep, but his conversion to Islam and his girlfriend being Muslim may have a lot to do with his new found persona. Before, he was all about his God. Tattoos with Bible verses, talking about his faith, etc. Now, he’s a whole different guy. You’re paid to play football, Kaep. If you want to go into politics, go for it. I’m here to watch you play football, it’s what you’re there for. Kaep sitting during the National Anthem did nothing. If you’re that concerned about everything, take your millions and give back to the people you think are oppressed. Build up those neighborhoods, put your money to good use. If you believe in something, then make your word your bond and go put it into action. If this country is so bad, no one is stopping you from leaving. I don’t like going to work everyday, but I do because I provide for my family. If you want to leave and find somewhere better, go. If I were you, I’d be saving my money, though. Looks like you may not be playing football that much longer. At least not on the Niners.

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    What does this attitude do? “If this country is so bad, get out.” In that vein, shouldn’t we just say “if you don’t like Kaepernick sitting, don’t watch his team”?

    I wonder if the people who say this stuff while worshipping the founding fathers would have told Jefferson, Adams, and Washington “if this country is so bad, get out”.

  6. I respect any American and their right to free speech. Telling someone how to engage in their own rights is more offensive to me. Whether or not he stands, sits or lays down has no effect on my life. People who think they know how someone else should act or who tell people what they should do are more un American to me than anything this guy has done. I personally stand during the anthem but I respect others and their freedom of expression if they choose not to. Too many people have died and been wounded fighting for this right for me to try and shame others into not using it in a way they see fit.

  7. Maybe Jim and the corporate infotainment media should closely examine the song and the songwriter before they condemn the method of protest? Francis Scott Key believed blacks of African descent were inherently inferior to Europeansee. The 3rd stanza of the song in question includes a verse in vehement support of continued enslavement of humans in the US and celebrates the slaughter of them.

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