Legendary Bears coach Mike Ditka just pissed off a lot of people. He unloaded last night during a telecast of the Bears-Vikings game on “Monday Night Football.”
Ditka supports Trump and has been on record as being against the NFL players who protest the anthem but he went off in a way not seen before.
According to the New York Post he started out saying,
“There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of,” Ditka said. “Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody — race, religion, creed, color, nationality. If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort in, you can accomplish anything.”
Now you may agree or disagree with Ditka but only to degrees. It is probably harder for some people to reach the American dream but it is not impossible. And that is the true greatness of this country.
Then, as the Chicago Sun Times reports, he went after the protesting players,
“Is that the stage for this?” Ditka asked. “If you want to protest … you have a right to do that. But I think you are a professional athlete. You have an obligation to the game. I think you have to respect the game. That’s the most important thing. I don’t see a lot of respect for the game. I see respect for their own, individual opinions. Opinions are like noses, we all have one. Some are good, some are bad.
“I’m not condemning anybody or criticizing anybody. Respect the game. Play the game. When you want to protest, protest when the game is over. Football has been so good to these guys. Enjoy it. Have fun with it.
“I don’t think it’s the stage for protests, I’m sorry.”
Then Ditka offered his simple, yet brutal solution to protesting NFL players,
“Yes, I don’t care who you are, how much money you make. If you don’t respect our country, then you shouldn’t be in this country playing football. Go to another country and play football. If you had to go somewhere else and try to play the sport, you wouldn’t have a job… If you don’t respect this flag and this country, then you don’t know what this is all about. I would say, adios.”
And there you have it from the legend, if you don’t like the country – adios.