Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Joe Namath responds to Mike Ditka: 'Look up the meaning of oppression'

Mike Ditka as a Chicago Bears player Mike Ditka as a Chicago Bears player
Melissa Porter | 10 October, 2017, 22:45

"Going back to what Colin Kaepernick initially did, it was to point out some injustice that's being done to the black race", Namath said, "some of these dash cams and shootings that were done to unarmed people".

Former linebacker Otis Wilson, who played for Ditka in Chicago from 1982 to '87, disagreed with his former coach's opinion in an interview Tuesday with ESPN Radio's The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap.

"Yes, I don't care who you are, how much money you make".

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out!"

The former football great added that players apparently wanted to start a national dialogue about social justice issues, but they've instead created a national dialogue about the anthem, flag and patriotism. If you had to go somewhere else and try to play the sport, you wouldn't have a job. If you can't respect this flag and this country, then you don't know what this is all about.

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".

Another, Price Thomas, added: "if you're mad at #ditka i'm confused why you're surprised that an old white dude is an out of touch racist". I just see respect for their own individual opinions.

If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort in, I think you can accomplish anything.

Ditka was not asked about Hill or her two-week suspension, but he said players who protest should do so on their own time and away from the gridiron.

After all, he supported President Donald Trump in 2016, so his nostalgia for the 1940s isn't exactly surprising. A quick reminder that 100 years ago was 1917.

"I don't know what social injustices (there) have been".

Now maybe I'm not watching it as carefully as other people. He told a Chicago radio station past year that "Obama's the worst president we've ever had". "That has never had anything to do with anything", Ditka said. "He's not a leader". "You know, the other quarterback (Mike Glennon) wasn't bad". Football has been so good to those guys. "It's been so good to me. That's where you protest", Ditka said. Enjoy it. Have fun with it.