Over the past few days, we’ve reported on many professional athletes who have opted to kneel during the national anthem before their game. Of course, it all started with Colin Kaepernick. And now, NFL legend Mike Ditka has finally had enough. He has a brutal message for any pro athletes who take a knee during the national anthem.
And Mike Ditka isn’t the only red-blooded American who feels this way.
Mike Ditka said people who don’t respect the National Anthem should get the Hell Out of America.
I 100% agree.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) July 26, 2020
Democrats are pissed off Mike Ditka told kneeling athletes to get the hell out of the country.
They don’t want Ditka to exercise his 1st Amendment rights.
That’s exactly what fascists do.
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) July 27, 2020
Coach Mike Ditka, Tom Brady and now John Elway have come out against the anthem protests in the NFL. There’s hope for this country after all ! Thank you. You are true Patriots. ??
— Jeff (@JeffKetterer1) July 26, 2020
Mike Ditka Slams Anthem Kneelers
While some praise Colin Kaepernick for starting the anthem kneeling trend – even going so far as to demand a job for the out-of-work quarterback – Ditka does not share their sentiment.
In a new interview with TMZ Sports, the Chicago Bears legend and NFL Hall of Famer said that he is against anyone taking a knee during the anthem.
He also said that as the chairman of the X League, a women’s tackle football organization, he would not be open to his players taking a knee in this way.
“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the he– out of the country. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned, so I’m only going to say what I feel.”
Earlier this year, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was forced to beg for forgiveness after he initially said that he would not support anyone who took a knee during the national anthem.
Ditka, however, is not about to back down on this issue:
“You don’t protest against the flag and you don’t protest against this country who’s given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen. So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”
Here Comes The Backlash
Unfortunately, Ditka is already getting backlash about his comments from leftists who are “offended” by his patriotism.
This doesn’t surprise me at all. Mike Dikta traded his helmet in for a white hood as soon as he retired from football. Racism hiding behind faux patriotism is still racism. ??♂️ https://t.co/0wRTpyfMhB
— David Mulugheta (@DavidMulugheta) July 26, 2020
Dear Mike Ditka,
I’d consider leaving America.
Unfortunately, @realDonaldTrump has so badly botched this pandemic that we can’t leave and no countries would have us even if we could.
Instead, I’ll stay and I’ll oppose thick-headed people who conflate racism with patriotism.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) July 27, 2020
Me 2 years ago: Mike Ditka is a full piece of shit.
Me 2 minutes ago: Mike Ditka is a full piece of shit. https://t.co/X1BwtVuQik
— amber ruffin (@ambermruffin) July 26, 2020
Mike Ditka is a joke. The world passed him by a long time ago. But he’s going to show up and vote, which is why you have to show up and vote.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) July 26, 2020
NFL Commissioner Apologizes To Anthem Kneelers
The NFL has been catering to the radical left like crazy lately.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell even recently apologized for not doing more to help the players who have taken a knee during the national anthem in past years.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” said Goodell. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this country.”
We really need less Colin Kaepernick’s and more Mike Ditka’s in the world right now.