Ginsburg Apologizes For Comments About Colin Kaepernick

Ford Springer | Contributor

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has apologized for calling Colin Kaepernick and other NFL player’s national anthem protests “dumb and disrespectful.”

Justice Ginsburg now claims she was “barely aware of the incident or its purpose,” and apologized for her comments which she says were “inappropriately dismissive and harsh.” Ginsburg also admitted that she “should have declined to respond.”

Ginsburg offered the comments she is now defending in an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo! News about her new book “My Own Words” on Monday. (RELATED: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls Kaepernick Protest ‘Dumb And Disrespectful)

“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg said of Kaepernick and other athletes protesting. “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it.”

“I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act,” Ginsburg continued. “But it’s dangerous to arrest people for conduct that doesn’t jeopardize the health or well-being of other people.”

Colin Kaepernick continues his national anthem protest. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick continues his national anthem protest. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive. If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that,” Justice Ginsburg said. “What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”

Kaepernick is set to start for the San Francisco 49ers for the first time this season Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

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