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Mike Ditka on National Football League protests: 'No oppression in the last 100 years'

10 October 2017, 10:42 | Melissa Porter

Former Bears coach Mike Ditka comments on anthem protests oppression and race

Former Bears coach Mike Ditka comments on anthem protests oppression and race

Ditka was not asked about Hill or her two-week suspension, but he said players who protest should do so on their own time and away from the gridiron.

"Is this the stage for this?" Protest whatever way you want to.

"Sorry, have you seen me protest". "I think you have to respect the game. I would like to see us get back to that".

The NFL Hall of Famer also agreed with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who recently told reporters that players who disrespect the flag should be benched.

"Yes", Ditka said. "I don't care who you are, how much money you make".

"How many countries pay u millions to play a kids game??" tweeted one critic. If you had to go somewhere else to try to play the sport, you wouldn't have a job. You might recall the time past year he said that Colin Kaepernick should "get the hell out" of the country if he doesn't like it here.

Ditka has not been shy in the past about expressing political views, and he was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign.

Kaepernick started the NFL protests during the national anthem in the 2016 preseason, and players had been sitting, kneeling or raising a fist during the song since. I think that you have to be color blind in this country.

No oppression in the last 100 years? "Muhammad Ali rose to the top".

Gray then asked Ditka about the comparison between those protesting and the historic protests of Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens, John Carlos and Tommy Smith. I mean, you can say, are you talking that everything is based on color?

I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity. "And we have watched that throughout our history of our country".

Ditka stated that folks need to be "colorblind" and not judge people by the color of their skin.

"L$3 ook up the meaning of oppression", Namath said.

Namath's reference to oppression is a response to Mike Ditka's assessment that there hasn't been oppression in this country "in the last 100 years". Or to people that obviously when you look - and I say obviously, some of these dash cams and shootings that were done to unarmed people and all.

Former NFL coach Mike Ditka has never been ally to the struggle of African Americans, he was just a bigot who coached black players but he's a bigot nonetheless.

"No, I'm not because I'm getting old, Jim, and I'm to the point right now, I'm fed up with a lot of it", Ditka said. This country needs leadership. They are protesting maybe an individual, and that's wrong, too.

"You know, you've got a ballot box, you've got an election". That's where you protest.

"This is America. You should be free to do what you want to do and leave it at that". Football has been so good to these guys. "Football has been so good to me".

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