Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Kaepernick

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has a reputation as a considerably liberal U.S. Supreme Court justice, turned heads Monday when she bashed Colin Kaepernick for his protests during the national anthem. On Friday, she took back her dissent.

Ginsburg, who was being interviewed on Yahoo! News about her book, "My Own Words," told Katie Couric she finds the actions of Kaepernick and other players kneeling during the national anthem "dumb and disrespectful."

She also added: "If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive."

Ginsburg ended her week by backtracking on those comments with a statement to CQ Roll Call's Todd Ruger.

"Some of you have inquired about a book interview in which I was asked how I felt about Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who refused to stand for the national anthem," Ginsburg says. "Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately, dismissive and harsh. I should have declined to respond."

Ginsburg is 83 and has served on the highest court in the nation since 1993, when she was nominated by President Bill Clinton.

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