Rodney Harrison apologizes for comments on Kaepernick but still leaves troubling questions (Shutdown Corner)

Let me preface this thusly: as a former New England Patriots beat writer for the Providence Journal, I covered Rodney Harrison for two-plus years. Since retiring in 2008 and stepping into a commentator’s role on NBC’s “Football Night in America” studio show, Harrison has made some waves with some of his observations, and unlike other former players and coaches who always speak positively of everyone in the league, he hasn’t been afraid to be critical even of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Asked about Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem as a protest to inequities in how African-Americans and other people of color are treated in this country, Harrison started off well, using some of the now-familiar lines many have used in recent days: while Kaepernick has the right to stand up for what he believes, there are consequences, his heart is in the right place but he is going about things the wrong way, etc.