Jim Harbaugh Says America 'Must Celebrate' Kaepernick for Protest

Jim Harbaugh Says America 'Must Celebrate' Kaepernick for Protest

A four-paragraph article about Kaepernick's protest of America's social-justice system was written by Jim Harbaugh, Kaepernick's former head coach with the 49ers.

"Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests previous year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem", Harbaugh writes in Time as part of its recognition of him the magazine's decision to name Kaepernick one of the 100 most influential persons in the word. His stance drew praise and criticism in varying measures, some agreeing with him, others applauding his right to free speech, still others disgusted with his decision. "His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story". "How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick".

After initial reticence, Harbaugh has become one of Kaepernick's strongest defenders following last fall's pregame protests of the national anthem. Harbaugh penned a testimonial on Kaepernick for Time's series.

Park Geun-hye: Ex-South Korean president charged in corruption probe
The sixty-five-year-old has been accused of colluding with her confidante Choi Soon-Sil to receive bribes from Lotte and Samsung . Her indictment comes as the country kicks off official campaigning for May 9 presidential elections to choose her successor.

Kaepernick played for Harbaugh from 2011 to 2014 before the Niners parted ways with Harbaugh.

Kaepernick, who has passed for 12,271 and 72 touchdowns in six seasons with the 49ers, is not now under contract with an National Football League team. He will not return to the 49ers after they signed veteran free agents Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. Joining Kaepernick and Bron Bron on the list in the sports industry were New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, and Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. He has four months remaining in his donation schedule, with donations now at $600,000 out of the $1 million he has pledged. You can see the full list HERE.

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