Legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka recently apologized for claiming there’d been no oppression in America for the last century.
Ditka stated Monday, “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.”
It didn’t take long at all for him to reverse course. He stated the following in his apology:
I want to clarify statements that I made in an interview with Jim Gray last night. The characterization of the statement that I made does not reflect the context of the question that I was answering and certainly does not reflect my views throughout my lifetime. I have absolutely seen oppression in society in the last 100 years and I am completely intolerant of any discrimination. The interview was about the NFL and the related issues. That’s where my head was at. I was quoted in the interview stating, “You have to be color blind.” I stated that you should look at a person for what they are and not the color of their skin. I’m sorry if anyone was offended.
Well, we all knew this was coming down the pipeline. It was only a matter of time before Ditka was forced to apologize.
Ditka might be very entertaining, but there’s no doubt his comments about oppression went a bit too far.