Native American elder Nathan Phillips, who was involved in a confrontation with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last weekend, said Thursday that he forgives the teenager in an interview on NBC's "Today."
What he's saying: Phillips said he he felt Sandmann's statement on the confrontation was "coached and written up for him, insincerity, lack of responsibility. Those are the words I came up with. But then I went to go pray about it. And then I woke up. I woke up with this forgiving heart, and so I forgive him."