ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Unless he’s fully up to par on social issues, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says “No comment.”
Two days after Clemson coach Dabo Swinney spoke at length regarding the social climate in the country today, evoking Martin Luther King Jr., and the Bible to illustrate how the country could be less divided, Harbaugh was asked this morning on Detroit’s 97.1 WXYT-FM if he believed he had a role to speak on the topic of social issues.
“To be asked the hot-topic question every week?” Harbaugh said. “It seems like people go around and ask everybody that they can, their opinion. You don’t know all the facts. You’re not there. Is it my right to tell somebody else what to do? I don’t think so. To speak on every issue when you don’t know the full details or all the facts, I don’t feel like being in that position.”
Earlier this season, Harbaugh spoke on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the National Anthem, saying that he acknowledged his right to kneel during the Star Spangled Banner, but didn’t respect “the motivation or the action.”
Harbaugh clarified his stance in a tweet posted later that afternoon.
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
Harbaugh was also asked if part of the problem with America is the notion that one has to be careful with what they say.
“I don’t even know what you’re talking about, as far as what (Swinney) had to say,” Harbaugh said. “I know what I believe. One of the things I believe, you say what you believe and what you think and you have the right to do that. I like to do that when I know I have the facts.”