Report: Harbaugh to meet with Muslim students

The Detroit News

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh will meet with Muslim students and others upset with his support of the showing of "American Sniper" on campus Wednesday, according to a report on The College Fix.

Harbaugh backed the film and professed support of its subject, veteran Chris Kyle, in an April 8 tweet, which came amid a campus debate whether to screen the Clint Eastwood-produced film starring Bradley Cooper. The school reversed a decision to cancel a screening and showed the film at its original time and place.

The meeting between Harbaugh and the group scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was described as a "private dialogue," according to UM spokesman Rick Fitzgerald in an email to The College Fix.

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Students protested the film's screening because it, "condones a lot of anti-Middle Eastern and North African propaganda," according to sophomore Lamees Mekkaoui, who started a petition to get the screening canceled.

Harbaugh weighed in on the controversy, saying "American Sniper" would not be off-limits to his team.

"Michigan Football will watch "American Sniper"! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!," he tweeted.