Former San Francisco 49er coach Jim Harbaugh drafted quarterback Colin Kaepernick during his tenure with the team and was one of his staunchest supporters, even as Kaepernick’s successful rookie season began to look like a fluke.
But Jim Harbaugh, now the head football coach at the University of Michigan, is no fan of the America-hating Kaepernick’s stunt of sitting during the playing of the National Anthem during the most recent 49er pre-season game.
Detroit Free Press reporter Mark Snyder initially reported that Jim Harbaugh, while acknowledging Kaepernick’s right to express himself, doesn’t respect his motivation or his action, as you can see in the short clip below from a press conference on Monday.
Harbaugh on Kaepernick's decision: I acknowledge his right to do that. But I don't respect the motivation or the action.
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) August 29, 2016
NFL insider Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that Colin Kaepernick, who lost his starting job to one of the worst quarterbacks in the league, Blaine Gabbert, may not even make the 49ers regular season roster, despite the quarterback’s guaranteed $11.9 salary for 2016.
Glazer said that if Kaepernick does get cut, it won’t be for his anti-American political views, but for his ever-declining quarterback skills.
“Regardless of politics or not, he has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team,” Glazer said on FOX Sunday. “I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends. It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this offseason, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio. No political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player. I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks.”
Harbaugh wasn’t the only ex-49er to express disappointment with Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem.
Former 49er offensive guard Alex Boone, now a Minnesota Viking, told USA Today that Kaepernick has the right to do whatever he wants but that he doesn’t approve for the lack of respect shown to the people that have died defending the American flag.
“It’s hard for me, because my brother was a Marine, and he lost a lot of friends over there,” Boone told USA TODAY Sports. “That flag obviously gives (Kaepernick) the right to do whatever he wants. I understand it. At the same time, you should have some (expletive) respect for people who served, especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom.
“We’re out here playing a game, making millions of dollars. People are losing their life, and you don’t have the common courtesy to do that. That just drove me nuts.”
Look for Colin Kaepernick, who has completed just 2 of 6 passes for 14 yards this pre-season to get cut and for him to cite discrimination as the reason.