October 10, 2017

Responding to Trump's attacks on the NFL players for protesting treatment by law enforcement, former Bears coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka claims there has been no oppression of blacks in America for the last 100 years.

This moronic statement was made during a pre-game interview with Westwood One's Jim Grey, when he was asked about the NFL player protests.

Only an old white, rich man could make this comment with a straight face. Has he been sticking his head in the ground since he began playing sports in the late 50's?

Maybe he never interacted with his black teammates and players all these years? Is that possible? Or maybe his support of Trump has made him sick in the head?

This is as ignorant a comment on race that I've heard in a long time. So he's saying that since 1917, there has been no racial oppression in this country.

Maybe the assassination of MLK might have raised his eyebrow? Oh, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I guess Ditka wasn't conscious after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education declared that racial segregation in educational and other facilities violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which granted equal protection of the law to any person within its jurisdiction.

And he slept through George Wallace's oppressive antics in Alabama in 1963.

If ESPN is going to suspend Jemele Hill for telling people to boycott Jerry Jones, who took a Trumpian stand against his own Dallas players that protest, then what fate should befall this racist jerkoff?

Here are some of Ditka's authoritarian statements and remarks to Grey.

"If you want to protest, or whatever you want to protest, you've got a right to do that. But I think you're a professional athlete. You have an obligation to the game.

"I don't see a lot of respect for the game, I just see respect for their own individual opinions. … Respect the game, play the game, when you want to protest, protest when the game's over, protest whatever other way you want to."

"I don't care who you are, or how much money you make, if you don't respect our country, you shouldn't be in this country playing football. "Go to another country and play football. If you had to go to somewhere else and try to play this sport, you wouldn't have a job.

"If you can't respect the flag and this country, then you don't respect what this is all about, so I would say: Adios."

"There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of," Ditka told Gray.
Saying that "you have to be colorblind in this country," Ditka noted that "the opportunity is there for everybody."

This country has never been colorblind.

Maybe ESPN should say "adios" to Ditka?

Can you help us out?

For nearly 20 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.