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Jim Harbaugh enters University of Michigan 'American Sniper' controversy

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan's head football coach, addresses the

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan's head football coach, addresses the media after he was introduced during an NCAA news conference Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Credit: AP / Carlos Osorio

University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh apparently isn't afraid to take a shot at critics of the movie "American Sniper."

After Michigan's Center for Campus Involvement announced Tuesday that it wouldn't show the Oscar-nominated Iraqi war drama, Harbaugh said on his verified Twitter account that his squad would be watching the movie, which is based on the autobiography of Navy Seal Chris Kyle.

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

The tweet was retweeted more than 13,600 times and favorited more than 16,400 times as of Thursday morning.

The Michigan Daily said students complained about portrayals of Arabs and the Middle East in the film, prompting the cancellation. But Wednesday, the cancellation was cancelled.

The Center for Campus Involvement said the movie would be shown after all, just not during Friday's mixer. Instead, the showing will take place "in a forum that provides an appropriate space for dialogue and reflection."

– with AP

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