Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

NFL Hall of Famer Speaks Out About Protests

NFL Hall of Famer Speaks Out About Protests

Ditka, the legendary Bears coach, joined Jim Gray on Westwood One radio before the Bears-Viking game on "Monday Night Football", and the exiled ESPN personality again went off on those protesting the national anthem, as he did previous year.

Smith took some heat as well, when some on Twitter took him to task on behalf of all protesting National Football League players.

Another, Price Thomas, added: "if you're mad at #ditka i'm confused why you're surprised that an old white dude is an out of touch racist". I think you have to be color blind in this country.

Addressing the protests specifically, Ditka added, "Is that the stage for this?" I think you can accomplish anything, and we have watched that throughout our history of our country. Even if you want to argue that the key part of Ditka's quote is the "that I know of" portion - as that suggests that maybe Ditka was talking about his own personal experiences with oppression - it's still a terribly dumb thing to say. "Or to the people that obviously when you look, and I say obviously, some of these dash cams and shootings that were done to unarmed people". When you want to protest, protest when the game's over. I see a lot of respect for their own individual opinions...

Ditka stated that folks need to be "colorblind" and not judge people by the color of their skin. "Football has been so good to me".

You can't get much more clueless and forgetful than this.

"How many countries pay u millions to play a kids game??" tweeted one critic.

According to USA Today's For the Win, Ditka said that players had to "respect game, play the game", and that football has been so good to him and these players.

"If you don't respect our country, then you shouldn't be in this country playing football", Ditka said.

"People rise to the top and have become very influential people in our country by doing the right things. That's where you protest", Ditka said. And if you don't get that person in office, I think you respect the other one. At all. And yet, Ditka, a white man, went on.

"I think it's a problem". The NFL legend touched on the subjects of race, oppression, and showing respect and pride for the flag and country. If they don't like the country they don't like our flag, get the hell out.

Players who did not stand during the national anthem had been a relative smattering in 2017 until President Donald Trump said NFL players who did not stand during the national anthem should be fired. I don't see it that way.

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