Everyone on the planet is being asked to render an opinion on Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem and finally someone who has a unique inside perspective on the San Francisco 49ers quarterback weighed in on the debate.
It didn’t go very well.
Jim Harbaugh, with whom Kaepernick had his greatest success as the 49ers advanced to Super Bowl in 2013, offered an opinion that was in line with that of many NFL coaches.
“I acknowledge his right to do it,” he told reporters Monday, “but I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
Harbaugh was Kaepernick’s coach for four seasons in San Francisco and benched Alex Smith to start Kaepernick in 2012. Maybe those memories fueled his decision to later clarify his comment without getting into the matter of respect.
“I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments,” he tweeted. “To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to.”
Kaepernick, whose Twitter stream long ago gave a hint to his feelings about Black Live Matter and other social issues, chose to remain seated during the national anthem before the 49ers’ preseason game Friday night.
“To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” Kaepernick said afterward. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”