Two strong opinions from the early afternoon were walked back later in the afternoon.
The first came from Michigan head coach, and former San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh. The Mlive media group reported that he had some harsh words for his former quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
“I acknowledge his right to do that, but I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” Harbaugh said.
Later in the day he released this statement on 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
Myke Tavarres, an Eagles undrafted linebacker, told ESPN’s Tim McManus he planned on not standing for the national anthem during the Philadelphia Eagles fourth preseason game. He’s trying to make the team mainly as a special teams player, but that did not move him from his stance.
“In this situation, I’ve really got nothing to lose,” Tavarres said to McManus. “I’m a rookie free agent, haven’t signed any major contract, so there’s not a lot of money on the line, I don’t have any big endorsement deals on the line. Really what’s at stake is my pride and what kind of man would I be and what kind of African-American would I be if I didn’t stand my ground on this issue we have today?”
But soon after making that statement, Tavarres’ tune changed. Tavarres’ agent told Fox 29’s Chris O’Connell the linebacker will stand for the anthem Saturday.
— Chris O'Connell (@CoconnellFox29) August 29, 2016
If we’ve learned nothing else from today’s activity, it sounds like this story isn’t going away anytime soon.