Jim Harbaugh: I don’t respect Kaepernick’s motivation or action

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Colin Kaepernick played his best football for Jim Harbaugh, who frequently praised his quarterback’s talent and work ethic when they were together in San Francisco.

But now that Harbaugh is at Michigan, and Kaepernick has made the decision to sit down in protest during the national anthem, Harbaugh has lost respect for the player he once held in such high regard.

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

Harbaugh has often expressed his patriotism and at times taken shots at those who he sees as less than patriotic. Shortly after he took the Michigan job, a campus controversy about the showing of the movie American Sniper led to Harbaugh announcing that the Michigan football team would watch the movie and that he didn’t care for the views of those who found the movie problematic.

Now Harbaugh is speaking up again, and declining to offer support to a player who once helped him get to the Super Bowl.

102 responses to “Jim Harbaugh: I don’t respect Kaepernick’s motivation or action

  1. “Now Harbaugh is speaking up again, and declining to offer support to a player who once helped him get to the Super Bowl.”

    I would strongly argue that it was actually Harbaugh who helped Kaepernick get to the Super Bowl.

  2. Harbaugh knows that Kaepernick’s motivation is simply to get cut and collect his $12 million while sitting at home and not having to face his teammates every day.

  3. Harbaugh is a true American, unlike some others……if this country is so bad towards people, there is nothing stopping them from moving to another country….i know this country isn’t perfect and has bad cops, but it’s still he greatest country in the world……again, if this country is so rotten towards people, there are close to 200 other countries you can move too.

    God Bless America

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

    Finally, someone saying what I think most of us think. No one is whining about his freedom of speech, we’re just calling his motivations and actions stupid and misguided. Maybe some people are tired of everyone using the victim card.

  5. Is it true that Kap converted to Islam & is engaged to a BLM supporter?

    If so, are these relevant to the discussion?

  6. Harbaugh, is ungrateful. We’re it not for Kaep the 9’er’s don’t get to that SB. It’s kewl.

    But tell me, what the heck has Jim Harbaugh ever done to be a flag waving patriot? When did playing and coaching football become an act of patriotism?

  7. Now THAT is a conviction!!!!!

    The liberal left agenda-the brainwashing/pandering to all minority groups is a farce!

    NO PC bologna…….good job, Jim.

    Easily stated.

    Harbaugh drops the mic…….

    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. “declining to offer support to a player who once helped him get to the Super Bowl…”
    That’s the reason to Harbaugh must support him?
    Good God.

  9. Confrontation and disrespect equates to conflict; the message has been lost in the delivery that seems intended to call attention to him. I fought for the flag; he didn’t. My friends died for the flag. Someone should explain the insult he has delivered to the millions who served. Disgusting self aggrandizement.

  10. Well this aught to be an interesting comment board. As I stated before Jim and Kap have a right to their respective opinions. Agree to disagree realize that we are not a perfect country and come together and fix this mess. It wont take one person it will take all of us.

  11. skoobyfl says:
    Aug 29, 2016 3:13 PM
    Jim and just about every American citizen agrees, that was hard to say.

    some of us (who served) don’t. America isn’t about nationalism, it’s about patriotism, which means our freedoms are our freedoms. I could care less whether people wear a flag on their lapel, burn it or whatever. I care that respect the freedoms that the First Amendment provide.

    Oh, and btw? I hate CK. Dislike him with a passion. BUt I drove subs, and I did so so that pr%^s like him get the right to not vote or salute or stand.

  12. Yeah, Kaepernick has a right to sit for the anthem. Too bad he is too foolish to realize how that right was earned and kept. I don’t agree with everything the government has done either, but this is about respect for our country, our people, and those who served.

    Hey Kaep, I have an idea. Instead of worrying about who you want to disrespect, how about having enough self respect to put in the hard work and dedication needed to be successful at your given profession? Just saying…

  13. Kaepernik is a lazy person and has a lazy attitude. He signed a $126 million contract – do you think that he could have set up some sort of foundation to support his beliefs. No he just gets another tattoo. He is a lazy person who will be broke in 5 years.

  14. about time that an NFL Management staffer grew some and came out against this outrageous behavior

    thank you Jim

  15. Of course not. The NA was wrote fore him, not minorities. Wouldn’t expect him to understand. Fact remains the words weren’t meant for Blacks, Women, or any other minority. Most still respect, but can’t slam those who know and don’t.

  16. The Progressive totalitarian movement will be rushing to Twitter to voice their outrage!

    Coach will be labeled a racist and bigot by closing time tonight.

  17. Harbaugh shows he is not empathetic those who suffer from the injustice that is has been built in the system over generations. Those that have suffered includes many of his ex-teammates and their family members. Also, many of the players he has coached.

  18. Free speech is beautiful – it allows Kaepernick to sit during the national anthem and allows Harbaugh to blast him for it. Both guys are protected by 1st amendment.

    It does not, however, mean that Kaepernick won’t lose his endorsements. Free speech only protects you from government prosecution.

  19. Wow! You’re making it appear as if Jim is ungrateful towards Kap. Fact is he is more grateful to be an American. God, Country, Family, Football in that order.

  20. I wonder how this would have all been perceived if Kap’s stated motivation for not standing during the National Anthem was “it is a waste of time, and I can’t be bothered to stand during such pointless patriotic foolishness”.

    Would it have been better received, or worse?

  21. Kaep also made the mistake of thinking the NFL was the NBA. The fan base of the two are completely different. Last year when the Rams players did that stupid “Hands Up don’t shoot” nonsense, it wasn’t lost on many. Especially once it was understood it was ALL a very BIG LIE.

    At the end of the day. This oppressed man of color, will drive home to his 2.45mil dollar house. In a affluent majority white neighborhood. Where the avg house costs 1+mil.

  22. What a load of crap. What a smokescreen. If he makes the opening day roster then he is guaranteed his money for the season. If he doesn’t make the roster – he gets zip.

    This is about protecting his guaranteed money because he and his agent are fully aware he may not make the team – so they are pulling out the card.

    They also know that imbecile DeShawn Jackson accused Chip Kelly of being racist so this was about as calculated as it gets. This has as much to do about ‘racism’ as it does about a bag of Frito’s – which is nothing.

  23. allseeingone says:
    Aug 29, 2016 3:31 PM
    Wow! You’re making it appear as if Jim is ungrateful towards Kap. Fact is he is more grateful to be an American. God, Country, Family, Football in that order.
    —-
    Doing fine right here without religion.

  24. Donald Sterling, Paula Deen say racist stuff… freedom of speech, stop being pc, triggered!

    A minority exercises his right as an American, the same people that say stop being pc and hide behind freedom of speech are the ones crying foul now.

  25. Let’s take the focus off of the flag for just a moment. Then let’s read the 3rd verse of our National Anthem. Then let’s talk about what those words mean. Then let’s talk about a solution….

    Just in case…

    ” no refuge can save the hireling or slave
    From terror of flight or gloom of the grave
    And the Star-Spangled Banner in triump doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    Land. Free. Who had access to that? So who was this for? If you weren’t free, then this couldn’t possibly reference you, right?

  26. Thank you Jim, someone standing up for America, The NFL sure has tuned a blind eye.

  27. He still stands up to cash his checks, though. He’ll stand up in night clubs. He’ll stand up in line at McDonalds. How about the next time he sits, we flush him out with the other ungrateful, “oppressed” citizens. Those who have the right to disrespect at this level are only those who have fought for their right to do so. Suiting up on Sunday is a cake-walk compared to that.

    Go, Harbaugh, go!

  28. The people who are the most upset about this are the people who cry the loudest about “PC culture” when they trample over someone else’s values.

  29. Right wing america is all over these boards. And I’m offended by comments here far more than anything else Kaep said.

  30. The irony of a bunch of angry white guys taking offense to somebody of a different shade exercising their right under the same constitutional amendment to free speech is palpable. Unless you have lived as a black person in this country (pro baller or not), you don’t have much room to criticize. The NFL loves this, however, as it feeds the much needed machine for story lines in the off-season.

    For those that don’t know, here’s the text:
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  31. I love hearing all the non – veterans tell us about the flag and that the only meaning for that flag is about people that served and gave their life for the country. Please tell us veterans more we are all open ears. I will tell you this majority of the people that go into the military now is to earn a pay check.

  32. You’re looking at a true patriot people! I wanted the Giants to hire Jim. We love America here in the Tri-State Area.

  33. Johnny Drunk says:
    Aug 29, 2016 3:38 PM
    Donald Sterling, Paula Deen say racist stuff… freedom of speech, stop being pc, triggered!

    ——-

    Sterling was recorded in private in his own home by his mix-raced gf, Deen said what she said after being robbed by a black man like 25 years ago.

    Anywho Sterling was forced to sell his team and Deen got blackballed and basically was removed from society.

    Meanwhile Kaepernick has to deal with people calling him names on Twitter. Yeah that’s really the exact same thing.

  34. The fact that he sits bothers me not. The statement that police officers are “getting paid leave and getting away with murder” bothers me a whole lot.

    Another first class jerk that has never put his life on the line for others and had to make a split second decision. Yes, bad cops exist and so do punk gangsters but lets not worry about them, only indict the cops.

    Retire, join the Chicago police. Try and help. Roll up on two felons who just gunned down a mother pushing her baby and please, don’t draw your gun.

  35. I think the coach is correct but needs to temper his feelings by considering Colin’s recent conversion to a religion that is currently oppressing millions of Arabs in Syria and Iraqi, and he is dating a follower of an organization that promotes oppression of police. This is not the same youngster that was all about football when it was going good for him but now…. He obviously is being used as a mouth piece..

    Finally as a veteran I totally respect his action but reject his misguided motivation. What will be telling will be his action post football…bet he and his money just fade away until some time passes when he seeks forgiveness as a born again.

  36. Lebron, carmello and a few others have already spoken up. Hes just the latest who did it a different way and white people hate when you speak up and seem unamerican

  37. Respect is earned not given. I have no respect for anyone regardless of color , that sits for the National Anthem. Just proves how really ignorant he is. What he or any others that follow his leadnby sitting, is going to change nothing.

    There is good reason people think the way they do. His actions just confirm that reasoning.

  38. Once these mouth breathers speak up about what is happening on a DAILY BASIS w/in inner-city Chicago – then maybe me and many other folks will be sympathetic to what they are standing up for….or in this case sitting down – which is exactly what that mindset has done re Chicago. NOTHING.

  39. Leave that man alone. He sat there quiet to himself and didn’t bother anyone. Everyone keeps saying that he should find another way, yet here we are days after the issue and I’ve yet to hear one person say how. Also I find this funny about all this patriotism talk but yet Obama gets constantly disrespected. If you’re got a problem with Kap then that’s your problem it’s his right.

  40. psousa1 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 3:37 PM

    What a load of crap. What a smokescreen. If he makes the opening day roster then he is guaranteed his money for the season. If he doesn’t make the roster – he gets zip.
    ————————–

    He is guaranteed to make $11.9 million dollars regardless of what happens.

  41. The definition of irony: Patriotic Americans who, first and foremost, hate freedom of speech. I must have missed the Army briefing in which we were reminded we were fighting for MOST our rights.

  42. I love hearing all the non – veterans tell us about the flag and that the only meaning for that flag is about people that served and gave their life for the country. Please tell us veterans more we are all open ears. I will tell you this majority of the people that go into the military now is to earn a pay check.

    Most Veterans will talk long and winded about how great this country is until they check into the VA with PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and suicide ideation.

  43. “Now Harbaugh is speaking up again, and declining to offer support to a player who once helped him get to the Super Bowl.”

    Nice. “… who once helped him …” — as if Harbaugh should be indebted to the point of of turning a blind eye to every player that so much as placed a coffin corner kick for him.

    Kaepernick took a stand. Some find it courageous. Others find it deeply disappointing. Either way, whatever Kaepernick did on the field should be irrelevant to the issue on the table.

  44. cmon guys Harbs is taking the easy path here what Colin is doing is a much tougher stance to take…………. just read the comments here for proof. Agree with him or not…..not too many people would take this stance with so much on the line……

  45. Did Harbaugh have a problem with Colin after getting that contract extension from San Francisco? I didn’t think so, hypocrite.

  46. Coach Harbaugh

    ‏@CoachJim4UM

    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

    12:17 AM – 30 Aug 2016

  47. And what about the tens of thousands of veterans who thought they were serving their country, only to get to the theater and see that their true service was to the military industrial complex and the corrupt deal makers who profit off of reckless and unnecessary wars?

    Instead of getting mad and posting your anger-hate about a professional sports figure standing for an ideal that he firmly believes; perhaps reinvest your time into contacting the lawmakers who get us into messes and then refuse to authorize spending to take care of our veterans in most need when they return from battle.

    Football is the distraction, inaction is the result.

    At least Kap has us talking about it, “and for that, we thank you”

  48. Kap converted to islam and suddenly can’t stand for the flag… I’m sure it’s a coincidence

  49. The beauty of reason is that it allows us to get along with those who do not possess it.
    ——————————————–

    Nailed it.
    That sums up how I see ALL liberals/democrats/progressives etc.

    They are all morons.
    ESPECIALLY the ones who think it’s about racism.

  50. If you find a person’s refusal to stand while a song plays “disrespectful” to your country, I have a “safe space” you can rent.

  51. Harbaugh makes money off of recruiting and coaching minorities, but can empathize with their problems in this country. He’s an oxygen thief

  52. Freedom of speech sometimes comes at great cost. Yeah Kaepernick has a right in this country to do what HE has not earned the right to do. And I have that same right to hate the S.O.B. He disgusts me, and pretty much always has. This disrespect to our country and our troops is just the final straw. Cut this jerk and let him go party with Manziel….

  53. sfitz0076 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 3:18 PM
    The Alt-Left is not happy about this.

    —————

    well, we wouldn’t want to make the left unhappy, now would we…….

  54. “Now Harbaugh is speaking up again, and declining to offer support to a player who once helped him get to the Super Bowl.”

    The above is downright laughable! It should read the other way around. Harbaugh and the other 49er players helped CK get there. He was right there (at the goal line and couldn’t do it.)

  55. Of course Jim Harbaugh doesn’t understand his motivation. Jim Harbaugh is a 52 year old white guy. How the heck would he know anything about how a young black man feels in the US?

  56. Jim Harbaugh is his own wind farm. Plug some wires into him and the city of Ann Arbor instantly becomes the #1 municipality in the US for renewable energy.

  57. How does he feel about the teams having taken payment from the Pentagon to be so Star Spangled Awesome every pregame

  58. 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

  59. If Krap was serious about this fake stance, he would either cover up or remove that little American Flag on his helmet. or any where else on his uniform. What would the NFL have to say about that?

  60. Jim Harbaugh is a hyper-spaz who from time to time loves to drape himself in the American flag like Rocky Balboa did in Rocky IV. I must crush you…..

    So I guess it’s ok for Harbaugh to shove “American Sniper” down the entire football team’s throat because it supports his “patriotic” political opinions, but Kaep can’t express his on his own?

    Protesting something in this country does not mean you necessarily hate this country. It means you are protesting because you believe a change will BETTER the country. It’s your first amendment right.

    Neither does not standing up during the National Anthem mean he hates the military.

    I don’t know where I stand on this issue – this is not black or white – and I don’t mean RACE black or white. It’s complicated. The problem is when emotional people think in black or white terms, is where it gets dangerous and we lose sight of what our “freedoms” really are and what they mean to live in this country.

  61. I respect Kap’s, right to do what he did. But I do not think that is his true agenda. He wants to get cut, and wants to be paid for doing nothing. I appreciate Harbaugh speaking out. He is a person who actually knows Kap.

  62. How is sitting during a national anthem protesting racial abuse? Last time I checked the government didn’t condone racism and the country is LEAD by a black man. Unless he’s protesting Obama’s leadership? If it’s a BLM thing then make that clear and aim your protest at the right people/place.

    He has every right to refuse to stand just like we all have a right to deem him a moron.

  63. jrebar88 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 3:38 PM
    allseeingone says:
    Aug 29, 2016 3:31 PM
    Wow! You’re making it appear as if Jim is ungrateful towards Kap. Fact is he is more grateful to be an American. God, Country, Family, Football in that order.
    —-
    Doing fine right here without religion.

    30 29
    …Sounds like you’re not when you have to comment on that

  64. Kaepernick doesn’t bother me one bit. It would be nice to see the reaction of some of the citizens of Iran and China to what Kaepernick is doing. Kaepernick sure couldn’t get away with this stuff in China. It seems like there are a lot of people around here who like the Chinese system of government, better than they like our freedom of speech. I’d hate to think that my father fought and risked his life for nothing. This is what our veterans have given us. Freedom. I love it. Kaepernick is just trying to enforce the laws that our veterans have helped secure for us. I think Kaepernick is honoring veterans. Kaepernick stands to lose a lot of money and risks his own safety. That’s the kind of courage our country was founded on.

  65. This HAS nothing to do with Free Speech. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero.

    It’s the content of his remarks that highlight his ignorance and race baiting best served up by Sharpton, Jackson and Farrakhan. It’s the fact he lives a hypocritical life. Living in a 2.45$million house, in a affluent majority white neighborhood. It’s many things. But it isn’t about Free Speech. Goto work tomorrow and preach your beliefs to your bosses clients or customers. See what happens.

  66. Thank you Jim Harbaugh for telling it like it is about Kaepernick.
    No American should ever disrespect our Anthem or our flag. There are other ways to vent your feelings without doing that.
    Today I watched a documentary on the D-Day invasion during WWII and I thought about that s.o.b. Kaepernick disrespecting the Anthem and our flag and it really burned me up even more.
    Listening to those elderly men tell the stories of what they went through during that time and seeing the footage of the slaughter made me think how moronic Kaepernick really is. If he had any class at all — which he doesn’t — he’d re-think what he is doing when he disrespects our Anthem and our flag.
    My dad put a career in the Army and was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. He also fought in Corregidor against the Japanese. You didn’t have to tell him what our Anthem and that flag symbolizes.
    And my great grandfather fought for the Union in the Civil War, and my grandfather fought in WWI. They knew what that flag meant, too. The oldest picture I have of my mom (who was born in 1919) is one that was taken when she was just 2 years old. It is a large picture in the oval frame it was put in when it was taken. She is holding an American flag. It is my favorite picture of her.
    In my opinion, anyone who defends Kaepernick on this is just as misguided as he is.

  67. People love notion of free speech unless they don’t agree with the content. See Chicks, Dixie.
    I hate Kaepernick for football reasons, but I admire his convictions and for not backpedalling.

  68. I hear they have an opening on a football team down in Caracas, Venezuela. Perhaps Mr. K should go there to play.

  69. I agree with what Kaepernick is trying to say, but the way he’s going about it is a disaster. He could have put across his message much better by standing and raising his fist in the air, rather than sitting and pissing off almost the entire country. There was no way that sitting through the national anthem wasn’t going to backfire in a very bad way.

  70. datruth407 says:
    Aug 29, 2016 3:55 PM
    Leave that man alone. He sat there quiet to himself and didn’t bother anyone. Everyone keeps saying that he should find another way, yet here we are days after the issue and I’ve yet to hear one person say how. Also I find this funny about all this patriotism talk but yet Obama gets constantly disrespected. If you’re got a problem with Kap then that’s your problem it’s his right.
    ———————————————————————
    Nope. Wrong.
    He wasn’t quiet when appropriately asked by the media to explain his actions.
    His reasoning is flat out wrong unless you agree that the Democrat party has gamed the rules so black nuclear families rarely exist by bending the welfare rules so black men cannot stay with the mothers or the children get cut off benefits.

    Obama deserves it and a whole lot more. He’s by far the worst POTUS ever and it’s not even close. Before you respond with the typical leftist talking point, G.W. Bush deserves to be on Mt. Rushmore by COMPARISON.

  71. So Jim Harbaugh supports a mentally unstable lunatic who claimed he wishes he would have killed more people than he did, made jokes about murdering people, and claimed he was teeing off on looters from the top of the Superdowm, yet he doesn’t respect Kaep’s willingness to actually stand up for the soldiers who get treated like s*it by their own government when they get home? #’merica

    The founding fathers are rolling in their graves having to witness the great country they built be taken over by the very banks they fled England for, then brainwashing the citizens to blindly follow their profiteering military exploits. Sad really.

  72. skawh says:

    Right wing america is all over these boards. And I’m offended by comments here far more than anything else Kaep said.
    ==================================

    If you’re offended then, sorry, we don’t have a safe space for you here. Go to your closest college campus, they probably have one you can hide in.

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