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Barack Obama: Jim Harbaugh ‘on the right side’ by taking part in march

Jim Harbaugh participated in a rally against police brutality on Tuesday in Ann Arbor that included a march through the University of Michigan’s campus.

Among those who have taken notice of the Wolverines head coach’s activism is Barack Obama. The former president praised Harbaugh for being “on the right side of the issue” thanks to his role at a rally that was precipitated by George Floyd’s death on May 25 while in custody of four officers from the Minneapolis Police Department.

Obama made the remarks Wednesday during a virtual town hall addressing police misconduct.

The former president hailed Harbaugh as an example of the “unlikely participants” who are now speaking out about Floyd’s death and systemic racism. Obama’s remarks about Harbaugh come at approximately the 1-hour, 17-minute mark of the below video.

“You got Jim Harbaugh, the coach of Michigan football, marching [Tuesday],” Obama said, per Aaron McCann of MLive.com. “That’s not something that was happening five to six years ago. Although Jim I know, and he’s been on the right side of this issue for quite some time.”

The march was organized by former Michigan football walk-on and community leader Mahmoud Issa. Several Michigan football players, including running back Christian Turner, marched alongside Harbaugh and members of the Michigan coaching staff.

Harbaugh’s participation in Tuesday’s rally followed his calling that justice needs to be “equal and fair for all” in a recent tweet. Harbaugh also called Floyd’s death while in police custody “horrendous” during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” last week. The Wolverines head coach went on to say that he is “really, really upset” about what happened to Floyd and called the entire situation “completely outrageous.”