NBC analyst Rodney Harrison apologizes for comments on Kaepernick
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 01, 2016,
Sep 01, 2016, 13:44
On Houston's 'Proper Gentlemen of Sports' program on KBME Radio, Sportstalk 790, Harrison said that while he thought Kaepernick had the right to stand up for his beliefs, there are consequences, and possibly backlash for what he says and does. Dare I say it's the same divisive perspective used by slave owners between black workers in the field and lighter workers in the house.
"I'm pretty shocked, because if you asked my dad - which is 100-percent Nigerian - he would tell you Rodney Harrison isn't black, and he doesn't know what it feels like to be oppressed and for people to look at you when you're dark as coffee", Ayanbadejo said. I'm just saying he has rights to stand up just like they did. "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".
"The thing I disagree with was the fact there was a person who was disrespecting the flag of the United States of America to try and make that point". "That's how you make change". One naysayer former San Diego Charger Rodney Harrison claims Kaepernick doesn't truly understand the plight of black men because he isn't one himself.
"He can not understand what I face and what other black men and black people face on a every single [day] basis".
"I never meant to offend anyone, I was trying to speak about my experiences as a African American".
Harrison played 15 years in the NFL. Now I'm not saying that Kaepernick is Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, or even Muhammad Ali.