After telling reporters “I don’t respect the motivation or the action” regarding Colin Kaepernick’s stance to sit during the national anthem, Jim Harbaugh recanted his comments via Twitter.
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
Harbaugh hand picked Kaepernick over Alex Smith in 2012 before Kaepernick led San Francisco to the Super Bowl. His initial statements Monday were circulated quickly.
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
Kaepernick outlined his motivation for the action Sunday during an 18-minute session with reporters.
Kaepernick said he will continue to sit during the national anthem until he sees “significant change” in race relations in the United States.
“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.”
Source: USA Today | Chris Biderman