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Rodney Harrison on Colin Kaepernick: 'He's Not Black'


The Colin Kaepernick backlash doesn't seem like it's going to end anytime soon.

After 49ers legend Jerry Rice chimed in on Kaepernick's actions, another former NFL player has something to say. Rodney Harrison had some interesting things to say about the quarterback's race during an interview with iHeartRadio Tuesday.

"I tell you this, I'm a black man," Harrison said. "And Colin Kaepernick — he's not black. He can not understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face, or people of color face, on a everyday 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."

Kaepernick's race shouldn't be the main argument here, nor should it have to do with why he's protesting. People are losing focus as to why, and that's the scary part of it all. Harrison then delivered a slight backtrack that turned into a confusing statement in itself.

"I'm not saying he has to be black, but I'm saying his heart is in the right place, but even with what he's doing he still doesn't understand the injustices as a black man, or people of color, that's what I'm saying," Harrison said. 

In response to all of this, ESPN has stated it won't show the National Anthem before the 49ers Week 1 game. 

Update: Harrison has issued an apology in regards to his comments about Kaepernick.