Alabama Coach Nick Saban: Confederate Flag ‘Not Positive Toward Human Rights’

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban has joined the fray against the Confederate flag, saying he does not support “symbols that are not positive toward human rights.”

Saban commented on the Confederate flag while reflecting on Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) order that various Confederate flags be removed from the state capitol grounds in Montgomery.

According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Saban said:

My opinion is anytime that we have a symbol that represents something that is mean spirited or doesn’t represent equal rights for all people, I’m not for having that symbol represent anything that we’re involved in. It’s not my decision as to what the governor does or my decision what our university does. It’s just my opinion about the way I feel about symbols that are not positive toward human rights and everybody having equal opportunity.

Saban’s comments come as the Alabama chapter of the NAACP presses Governor Bentley to further act to remove the Confederate flag from the cars and uniforms of Alabama State Troopers. The flag is contained in the coat of arms of the State of Alabama, and that coat of arms appears on troopers’ apparel and vehicles.

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