OWINGS MILLS, Md. —Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is the latest person to weigh in on the controversy involving San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit down during the national anthem before NFL games.
Kaepernick said he decided to sit down during the anthem to show he stands with people who he said are being oppressed in the U.S.
While many people say they disagree with the decision, Harbaugh said taking a stand sometimes comes with criticism.
“I think as a coach, it is something you always think about," Harbaugh told reporters on Monday. "We deal with that on a regular basis, because we are talking about adults -- grown men. We are talking about a free country. I’m grateful for the right to express my displeasure, and that is what Colin chose to do.”
Harbaugh said, as a coach, it is important to respect the opinions of those on the team, even if you disagree with them.