Mike Ditka Slammed for Once Again Criticizing Protesting NFL Players

Twitter is reacting to Mike Ditka (once again) criticizing NFL players who are protesting during the national anthem.

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Mike Ditka

On Tuesday former player/NFL coach/ESPN analyst Mike Ditka pressed on with similar comments he's been making throughout the years about players kneeling as a form of protest against racism during the national anthem.

To keep it short, he's against it. And he once more aired that opinion during a segment on Newsmax TV. You can either watch, read, do both or (if you think you already know the gist of what he'll say because you've seen him talk about this subject before) neither.

First, here's the clip: 

NFL 🏈: Hall-of-Fame coach Mike Ditka tells protesting players that if 'they can't respect this country, get the hell out of it.' [with Newsmax TV's @ShaunKraisman https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO] pic.twitter.com/E3jPCBrMdt

— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) September 14, 2020

Then here's the quote, as transcribed by USA TODAY.  

"Football's football. It's not a complicated thing," he said. "You're playing the game, you're enjoying the game. You don't like the game, get out of it. It's not for protesting one way or the other. What color you are, what you think, this or that. You play football. That's it. You're privileged. You got a gift from God that you can play the game because you got a body you can do it with. I don't really understand what you're protesting. I played the game. I coached the game for a long time. It makes no sense to me."

From there he went on to opine that those who don't "respect this country" should "get the hell out of it."

"I would tell those players go to another country and play football there," Ditka continued. "You don't have to come out. You don't have to come out if you go to another country. You can't! Because the game's only played in this country. And if you can't respect this country, get the hell out of it."

In decades past this probably would've gone relatively unnoticed (I didn't even know what Newsmax TV was). But in the current environment it gets reacted to and (somewhat ironically?) amplified. Mike Ditka is 80-years-old, so it seems unlikely he'll see these. But for others, here you go:

Mike Ditka looks like the crazy old guy at the grocery store check out line yelling about the price of his can of beans and how "They use to cost a nickel when I was a kid!" @lookslike @LeBatardShow pic.twitter.com/yVNU3qYD9q

— George Becker (@VTJorge802) September 15, 2020

I am curious.... why is it always people like Mike Ditka - who have never, ever served our nation in any form - always the judge of what is patriotic?

God - please, Mike.

Shut the **** Up.

— Jonathan Gaffney 🇺🇸 (@JGaffneyUSN) September 15, 2020

I wonder if Ditka ever had a conversation with his teammates or the players he coached about the reality of being black in America?
I’m guessing not.https://t.co/skPrrkScWu

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 15, 2020

Mike Ditka would step on a baby to get in front of a rolling TV camera.

Sit down, Grumpy old man!

— Mini Gill 🌊 (@BakeSpecialist) September 15, 2020

I wish the dick in Mike Ditka was silent...

He should stop talking now!

— Brian O'Sullivan (@osullivanauthor) September 15, 2020

Mike Ditka Has Blunt Message For NFL Players Who Kneeled...
“Is than your go to coach? Get the hell out of the country. OR.. do you fight to make your country accountable and bettter? “ This aint a game coach, this is real life! https://t.co/8aydH7tnvo

— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) September 15, 2020

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