ESPN's Paul Finebaum Apologizes For Saying Blacks Aren't Oppressed, Questioning Kaepernick

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ESPN's Paul Finebaum apologized Thursday for questioning Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and his on-going feud with police and the national anthem earlier in the week. On Tuesday, ESPN's Finebaum said he doesn't understand where Kaepernick is coming from when he says black people are being oppressed in this country.

"I can spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it, but I can't," Finebaum said. "I blew it. I simply did not have a good grasp of the situation. I know better."

"All I can say is I made a terrible mistake in trying to express a feeling I probably, not probably, I had no right to express. And I don't know whether this will mean anything to anyone but I feel compelled to answer your question that way that it was a terrible mistake on my part," the sportscaster added.

Here's the heated debate Finebaum had on ESPN's College Football Live earlier in the week:



"Usually people protest when they’ve been oppressed, when they have a legitimate stake in the action. I don’t know where Colin is coming from. What’s his beef with society, other than he’s upset with how the way people, in his mind, are being oppressed in this country?" Finebaum said on an ESPN panel.

On his Monday radio show, Finebaum said, This country has issues, but this country is not oppressing black people."



Finebaum's apology yesterday:

FINEBAUM: I've heard from so many people and most of whom were shocked by what I said and I've done what I always do in cases like this. I've gone back to review what I said there. I went back to review what I said in the exchange with Joey Galloway on College Football Live. I can spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it, but I can't. I blew it. I simply did not have a good grasp of the situation. I know better. I live in this country, I see what is going on all across the country from north to south and east to west. And I have no excuse.

I can't explain why I articulated the words the way I did but I did and there is a public record of it and there is a natural reaction and I respect that. And all I can say is I made a terrible mistake in trying to express a feeling I probably, not probably, I had no right to express. And I don't know whether this will mean anything to anyone but I feel compelled to answer your question that way that it was a terrible mistake on my part. My eyes are wider open today than they have ever been as a result.


(video via Newsbusters)

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