Jim Harbaugh says President Trump should 'check the Constitution' about anthem protests

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Harbaugh used to coach Colin Kaepernick, who started the national anthem protest trend during the 2016 NFL preseason.

Jim Harbaugh says President Trump should 'check the Constitution' about anthem protests

Harbaugh used to coach Colin Kaepernick, who started the national anthem protest trend during the 2016 NFL preseason.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh may have a little different perspective than others who weighed in Saturday on President Donald Trump's comments that NFL players who protest the national anthem should be fired.

Not only is he the coach of one of America's premier college football programs, as the former coach of the 49ers, he worked closely with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the player who launched the anthem protest movement during the 2016 NFL preseason.

Following Michigan's 28-10 victory at Purdue Saturday, a reporter asked Harbaugh if he agreed with the president's remarks.

"No, I don't agree with the president," Harbaugh said (via the Toledo Blade). That's ridiculous. Check the Constitution."

Harbaugh has a complicated history on the anthem protest issue. Last year, he told reporters about Kaepernick, "I acknowledge his right to do it. But I don't respect the motivation or the action."

After that comment created a stir, the veteran coach tweeted an apology, saying, "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."


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