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Former New England Patriots football player turned NBC analyst Rodney Harrison apologized for saying San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not Black and therefore doesn’t understand racism and the Black experience.

“I tell you this, I’m a Black man. And Colin Kaepernick—he’s not black. He cannot understand what I face and what other young Black men and Black people face, or people of color face, on an every single [day] basis. When you walk in a grocery store, and you might have $2,000 or $3,000 in your pocket and you go up in to a Foot Locker and they’re looking at you like you about to steal something,” Harrison said Tuesday on Sports Talk 790.

Kaepernick has come under fire for not standing during the National Anthem over his anger about the police shootings of unarmed Black males. Harrison said the quarterback has a right to protest, but should understand there are consequences. Still, he believes Kaepernick’s “heart is in the right place, I just think he’s going about it the wrong way.” 

The former NFL star explained that he didn’t know the player is biracial. Kaepernick is the biological child of a Black father and White mother. 

SOURCE: Sports Talk 790 | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter


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