Jim Harbaugh Defends Colin Kaepernick Protest, Says the US Is ‘Lucky’ to Have Him

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Jim Harbaugh, the former San Francisco 49ers head coach, is coming out in full defense of his former quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the killing of unarmed black men, women and children by police.


Kaepernick, the currently unemployed quarterback with the golden Afro, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, and Harbaugh, who is now the head coach at the University of Michigan, wrote a piece about Kaepernick’s national anthem kneeling for the magazine.

“Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem,” Harbaugh wrote. “At times in our nation’s history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust. Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act.”


Harbaugh continued, “How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.”

If you didn’t love Harbaugh before, feel free to love him now. I do.

Read more at Time magazine.

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I will say this much. As a veteran and a believer in personal freedoms i really respected Colin K. and his public form of protest. I respected him even more when he came under so much scrutiny and still held strong. I really lost a lot of that respect when i found out he didn’t vote. Don’t be a hypocrite, if you really believe in your values back it up by exercising what few bits of political power we have. People are & were wrong to mock and decry his form of personal protest but he (in my opinion) vindicated some of those people by not following through and voting for his beliefs.