I’m not sure what Malcolm X and Woody Hayes have in common besides reaching their greatest heights at the same time during the mid-60’s.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is sporting some new glasses, and after Michigan’s 41-8 win against Illinois on Saturday, was asked why’s he wearing them?
I’m not sure if he was trolling or sincere — but Harbaugh said the glasses were tribute to former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, actor Michael Douglas, and civil rights activist Malcolm X.
Jim Harbaugh now wearing black-rimmed glasses full time. Said the style is in honor of Woody Hayes, Michael Douglas and Malcolm X.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) October 22, 2016
Harbaugh explained that he was told earlier this month by his eye doctor that he’d be forced to wear eyeglasses moving forward.
“This style in particular is a tip of the cap, a nod to Woody Hayes, to Michael Douglas in the movie “Falling Down” and also a tip of the cap to Malcolm X,” Harbaugh said. “In honor of those three men.”
The homage to Malcolm X was particular peculiar — seeing as the Michigan coach said he didn’t agree with the “motivation” behind Colin Kaepernick’s activism.
Harbaugh later apologized and misspoke, but it’s obvious the Malcolm X reference was low-key pandering to the many black athletes considering the Wolverines.
Harbaugh on his new glasses — tip of the hat to 3 individuals he said pic.twitter.com/eWZZknDs7k
— angelique (@chengelis) October 22, 2016