Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka recently gave an interview to Jim Gray on nationally syndicated radio, and came off the top rope with his thoughts on oppression.
Ditka claimed there has been no oppression in the last century.
“All of a sudden, it’s become a big deal now, about oppression,” Ditka told Gray. “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people.”
He continued in talking about protests on the football field, and stated the following:
“Is that the stage for this?” he asked. “If you want to protest, or whatever you want to protest, you’ve got a right to do that, but I think you’re a professional athlete, you have an obligation to the game. I think you have to respect the game. That’s what I think is the most important thing. I don’t see a lot of respect for the game. I just see respect for their own individual opinions. Opinions are like noses, we all have one. Some are good. Some are bad.”
Classic Mike Ditka. It’s no secret that the guy loves football more than life itself, so he’s probably hypersensitive to any part of it being questioned. If you don’t respect the game, you’re gonna hear something from Mike Ditka.
He also loves our country. When asked about anthem protests in particular, he responded:
“If you don’t respect our country, then you shouldn’t be in this country playing football,” he said. “Go to another country and play football. If you had to go somewhere else to try to play the sport, you wouldn’t have a job. So that would be my take. If you can’t respect the flag and the country, then you don’t respect what this is all about. So I would say, adios.”