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NBC’s Rodney Harrison publicly apologizes for questioning Colin Kaepernick’s race

NBC football analyst Rodney Harrison publicly apologized Wednesday for comments aluding to Colin Kaepernick’s race
NBC football analyst Rodney Harrison publicly apologized Wednesday for comments aluding to Colin Kaepernick’s race Getty Images for ESPN

One day after causing a social media storm with his comments on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NBC Sports TV personality Rodney Harrison used a preseason media conference call to make a formal apology to the pro football player.

It all began Tuesday when Harrison spoke to a Houston-area sports station. He was asked about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during national anthems to protest the treatment of minorities in this country. Harrison questioned Kaepernick’s race. Kaepernick is bi-racial.

“I tell you this,” Harrison said. “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 a 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.”

Twitter responses to Harrison were particularly nasty and Harrison issued a few apologies via Twitter.

Then, before Wednesday’s news conference could begin, Harrison took the time to issue a statement to a large group of media via conference call.

“I tweeted out an apology yesterday but wanted to use this call to formerly apology to Colin Kaepernick,” he said. “I made a mistake and I never should have brought up his race and I want to humbly apologize to him.”

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