Mike Ditka Has Not Been Paying Attention To History

by Abel Hampton October 12, 2017, 0:11
Mike Ditka Has Not Been Paying Attention To History

During an appearance on the "FOX and Friends" television program on Tuesday, Namath said he thought that reason had gotten lost in the current debate over NFL players who have followed Kaepernick in not standing during the national anthem. I mean, are you talking everything is based on color?

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, whose 90 receptions in 2014 smashed Ditka's franchise record for a tight end, sent the following Tweet with three pairs of rolling eyes at the end: "Hasn't seen oppression in 100 years, bruh?" "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".

Ditka, 77, a pro football Hall of Famer who coached the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl victory in 1986, said Americans should be "color blind" and insisted he was "not condemning anybody or criticizing anybody". I think the opportunity is there for everybody.

The former football great added that players apparently wanted to start a national dialogue about social justice issues, but they've instead created a national dialogue about the anthem, flag and patriotism.

Ditka, born in 1939, would have been close to 30 years old during the height of the civil rights movement in the late 1960s. If you had to go somewhere else and try to play the sport, you wouldn't have a job. Race, religion, creed, color, nationality. My choice is that I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on.

Since then, many celebrities, players, coaches, and owners have come out with statements in opposition or support of the president's comments, but now one National Football League legend went on the radio on Monday to take aim at the topic. I think you can accomplish anything, and we have watched that throughout our history of our country. "So I would say adios". I don't see it that way. You have to look at a person for what he is and what he stands for and how he produces. "Muhammad Ali rose to the top".

But there's one particular quote from Ditka that stood out above the rest on Monday night. and certainly not for a good reason. That's the first time I learned that there was that kind of feeling between people.

Unsurprisingly, Ditka's comments prompted criticism, with a number of people pointing out instances of oppression endured by the African American community in the USA over the past century.


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