University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh worked with Colin Kaepernick when Harbaugh was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, memorably taking a chance by starting the young quarterback when a lot of people didn’t understand why. It worked out well for the both of them, right until it didn’t, and then Harbaugh left town at odds with the organization.
So it’s natural that Harbaugh would be asked about Kaepernick this week, after the quarterback explained publicly why he was refusing to stand for the national anthem before games.
UPDATE: Harbaugh has now apologized and clarified what he meant.
Here was Kaepernick’s explanation for why he was refusing to stand for the anthem:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
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