Mike Ditka does not suffer fools. Thank god.
He went off script, just like his friend President Trump, and absolutely destroyed protesting NFL players.
Ditka is a well-known Trump supporter and an outspoken critic of the NFL players taking a knee and disrespecting the flag.
According to the New York Post, Ditka said on last night’s Monday Night Football,
“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. I think the opportunity is there for everybody — race, religion, creed, color, nationality. If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort in, you can accomplish anything.”
Correct. While some find their paths to the American dream easier than others to say that it does not still exist in the country if you are willing to put in the time is just false.
Which is why we respect the flag. Because America is the greatest county in the world.
As the Chicago Sun Times reports it was at that moment Ditka threw down the gauntlet to protesting players,
“Is that the stage for this? I think you have to respect the game. That’s the most important thing. I don’t see a lot of respect for the game. I see respect for their own, individual opinions. Opinions are like noses, we all have one. Some are good, some are bad.”
Correct some would have used more colorful language. He continued,
“I’m not condemning anybody or criticizing anybody. Respect the game. Play the game. When you want to protest, protest when the game is over. Football has been so good to these guys. Enjoy it. Have fun with it.
Then Ditka fired the shot heard round the world at protesting NFL players,
“Yes, I don’t care who you are, how much money you make. If you don’t respect our country, then you shouldn’t be in this country playing football. Go to another country and play football. If you had to go somewhere else and try to play the sport, you wouldn’t have a job… If you don’t respect this flag and this country, then you don’t know what this is all about. I would say, adios.”