Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh took to Twitter Monday to clarify his thoughts on the actions of Colin Kaepernick.
As you all are probably aware of, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem in Friday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Predictably, Kaepernick’s actions set off a firestorm, which elicited reactions from both critics and supporters. Harbaugh, who coached Kaepernick when he was coaching in San Francisco, initially took exception.
Via Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, Harbaugh originally said, “I acknowledge his right to do that. But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
Harbaugh on Kaepernick's decision: I acknowledge his right to do that. But I don't respect the motivation or the action.
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) August 29, 2016
Then perhaps feeling backlash that he was taking sides on this controversial issue, Harbaugh went on his personal Twitter account to clarify his thoughts.
“I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments,” Harbaugh said on the social media site. “To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to.”
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
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 29, 2016
Kaepernick is taking a political stand on the oppression facing African Americans today and how he went about voicing his displeasure has been a been a subject of major debate. He said he will continue to sit during the anthem.
Here is what he had to say over the weekend (via Chris Biderman of NinersWire.com):
“People don’t realize what’s really going on in this country,” Kaepernick said. “There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren’t being held accountable for. And that’s something that needs to change. That’s something that this country stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. And it’s not happening for all right now.”
As Harbaugh, he is getting ready for the Wolverines’ season opener at home this Saturday against Hawaii.