Barack Obama Commends Jim Harbaugh For Being On 'Right Side Of This Issue'

Harbaugh has been an advocate of Obama for several years.

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June 04, 2020 - 10:07 am

Jim Harbaugh made headlines this week when he took part in a march in Ann Arbor to promote racial equality. 

Barack Obama took notice.

In a virtual town hall on Wednesday, the former President referenced Harbaugh as one of the many 'unlikely participants' stepping up in the fight against police brutality and racial inequality in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

"Think about some of the people who have unequivocally spoken out against what happened in Minneapolis," Obama said. I just saw Jim Harbaugh — sorry, I know we got The Ohio State contingent here — you got Jim Harbaugh, the coach of Michigan football, marching today.

"That’s not something that was happening five, six years ago. Although Jim I know, and he’s been on the right side of this issue for quite some time.”

Harbaugh has been an advocate of Obama for several years. He worked with former First Lady Michelle Obama on an academic initiative toward the end of Obama's presidency, and asked the two of them to be honorary captains for a Michigan football game in 2017. 

Harbaugh has been one of the most outspoken figures in college sports during a time of racial turmoil in our country. 

“I believe in equal justice for all," he wrote Sunday on Twitter. “All injustice should be confronted and punished. It has to be equal and fair for all, and no one can be above the law. I pray we can get there!”