Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made headlines last week when she called Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest “dumb and disrespectful.” After some reflection, she wishes she had remained silent on the matter.
According to CNN, the court released a statement in which she apologizes for having spoken out the way she did.
“Some of you have inquired about a book interview in which I was asked how I felt about Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who refused to stand for the national anthem,” Ginsburg’s statement read. “Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh. I should have declined to respond.”
After she had called Kaepernick’s protest “dumb and disrespectful,” the San Francisco 49ers quarterback responded.
“It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that,” Kaepernick said, per Elliott Almond of the San Jose Mercury News.
That Bader Ginsburg made a mistake on this issue is unfortunate. That she owned up to is admirable.
Since its inception, Kaepernick’s protest has grown exponentially to include many of his peers, college players and even entire high school football teams.
The quarterback is set to take his first snaps as the starter for the 49ers on Sunday when the team plays on the road against the Buffalo Bills. While many in Buffalo are sure to protest his protest, Kaepernick will be backed with a group of people who will be taking a knee outside the stadium. Additionally, a group is going to fly a banner over New Era Field during the game (more on that here).
Now blessed with a second chance to succeed on the field after a miserable couple of seasons, it’s going to be fascinating to see how it all plays out for Kaepernick going forward.