Ditka: 'There has been no oppression in the last 100 years'

Ditka: 'There has been no oppression in the last 100 years'

"But going back to what Colin Kaepernick initially did, it was to point out some injustice that's being done to the black race 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, he was reaching out to try and get it more investigated".

I don't care who your are, how much money you make, if you don't respect our country then you shouldn't be in our country playing football.

He said players have a right to free speech, but not necessarily at their place of work and not when it's time to show respect to the country.

"How many countries pay u millions to play a kids game??" tweeted one critic. 'Excuse me. Go do that somewhere else.

This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard an athlete or coach say-which includes Mike Cameron's assertion that the sun has only been around for "500 or 600 years". I mean, are you talking everything is based on color?

Ditka argued that players weren't showing "respect for the game" when they kneeled, just "respect for their own individual opinions". I think you can accomplish anything, and we have watched that throughout our history of our country.

Ditka does not support the anthem protests that have erupted on National Football League fields around the country. The last 100 years in the United States have included efforts to eradicate decades of Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation and their legacy.

Gray tried to counter Ditka's backwards thinking by offering iconic names such as Muhammad Ali and Jesse Owens, men who tackled social injustices in their own way.

Ditka made the comments before the Monday Night Football contest between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears during an interview with Jim Gray of Westwood One (via Des Bieler of the Washington Post).

This is one of those moments where you sort of back away slowly, because you don't want to be accused of supporting something so unbelievably bad that came from someone else's mouth.

I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity. He told a Chicago radio station a year ago that "Obama's the worst president we've ever had". "He's not a leader". They are protesting maybe an individual, and that's wrong, too. "You elect the person you want to be in office, and if you don't get that person in office, I think you respect the other one, that's all".

"You know, you've got a ballot box, you've got an election. Football has been so good to me". That's where you protest. "I'm sorry, a lot of people disagree with that, but that's my take on it".