Jim Harbaugh has established himself as the “quirky cool” football coach who speaks his mind.
It’s gotten him into some trouble in the NFL, but his brand of raising up young men appears to be exactly what the doctor ordered at the collegiate level.
With protests sweeping the NFL after poorly considered comments made by President Donald Trump at a rally in Alabama, Harbaugh said appears as though he would have no issue with one of his players choosing to kneel during the anthem.
During the Big Ten Coaches’ Teleconference on Tuesday, Harbaugh said he would “respect their right to do so.”
His comments are in line with ones he made on Saturday to reporters following the Wolverines’ 28-10 win over the Purdue Boilermakers.
“No, I don’t agree with the president,” Harbaugh said. “Listen, that’s ridiculous. Check the Constitution.”
Harbaugh fears that a team owner will at some point do exactly what President Trump suggested they should do: pull a player off the field and tell them they’re fired.
Of course, Colin Kaepernick is already living that reality.
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