Mike Ditka to Colin Kaepernick: “If you don’t like this country, get the hell out”

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GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 25: Former American football player, coach, and television commentator Mike Ditka during the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 25, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

DALLAS, Tx. — Super Bowl winning coach and sports commentator Mike Ditka is stirring up controversy when he was recently asked how he feels about Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest during the national anthem, responding with “I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick,” according to WGN.

During the interview with radio host for Dallas’ 105.3 The Score, Ditka said “I think it’s a problem… anybody who disrespects this country and the flag. If they don’t like the country they don’t like our flag… get the hell out.”

WGN says Ditka went on to say he doesn’t see any of the issues protesters like Kaepernick are talking about, saying he believes America is a “land of opportunity” and that you can be anything you want if you work for it.

Mike Ditka has faced criticism in the past for his controversial statements, including calling President Obama “the worst president we’ve ever had.”

17 comments

  • Mike Grunsten

    NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has dedicated his life to football. But if he had a son today, he wouldn’t want that child to do the same, according to a Saturday report by the Chicago Tribune.
    In an episode of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” set to air on HBO on Tuesday, Ditka asks sports reporter Bryant Gumbel if he himself would want his child to play football.
    “I wouldn’t,” Gumbel says. “Would you?”
    “Nope,” Ditka replies. “I wouldn’t. And my whole life was football. I think the risk is worse than the reward. I really do.

  • Kanye South

    Those angry white men along with brave black men were storming the beaches of Normandy at 17 years old while most of this generation are playing their pokeman game and throwing tantrums.

  • Untitled

    Colin Kaepernick is completely clueless. He lives in a mansion and just signed a 100 million dollar contract. He should retire and live on 11th and locust and see how he would be treated

    • confused

      He has no problem spending $ with president’s faces on-some of whom owned slaves. I guess he picks and chooses his particular protests lol.

    • Yepp

      It definitely is selective in why it riots. Black people kill each other daily but yet you won’t see blm out in inner city protesting that. God for bid a cop shoots someone and Lordy Lordy we must riot and act like a bunch of buffoons because it’s automatically assumed the cops is white and the white man is only out to wipe out the entire black population.

      BLM is a joke like the KKK. BLM likes to think it’s fighting the good fight but when you don’t care about black on black violence and only worry about certain lives that total crap. Funny though it sort of reminds me of segregation. You know separate but “equal”.

      BLM’s slogan should be something like “not all men are created equally “

  • PCM (@PeterCMoran)

    Mike Ditka has faced criticism in the past for his controversial statements, including calling President Obama “the worst president we’ve ever had.”

    He faces criticism for having an opinion??

  • Big J ed

    THE response is still the same many people do not want to deal with the fact that people employed as police people routinely arbitrarily shoot kill and murder people in general and African
    AMERICANS in particul
    ar on a regular and nothing is done about it.

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