Legendary NFL coach Mike Ditka had some choice words for Colin Kaepernick on Friday.
He offered this unfiltered opinion:
“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.
I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick – he probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice. My choice is, I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on.
I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity – now if they don’t want to look for them – then you can find problems with anything, but this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. If you don’t work…that’s a different problem.”
Ditka isn’t the first to slam Kaepernick. Yet, his response among NFL figures is probably the most controversial.
So, he’s taking a lot of heat for it.
He is home you racist. Here is HOME. The USA is his home JUST AS MUCH as it is YOURS Mike Ditka! Nobody gave you the right to decide you AH! https://t.co/oWrduFqRwp
— ⚔️ ? Cymmie Resists ?⚔️ (@bellatrova) September 23, 2016
I guess suits at @ESPN keep Mike Ditka on the payroll so he can keep embarrassing them w/idiotic, racist social commentary.
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) September 23, 2016
Dear Mike Ditka, if u don't like NFL athletes exercising their 1st amendment right, then get the hell out of NFL https://t.co/OaN94zUCi4
— TMS Ruge (@tmsruge) September 23, 2016
So now Mike Ditka is exposing himself as a suspected white supremacist. Telling Blk ppl who want justice to leave https://t.co/NXBVDjGtRA
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) September 23, 2016
And it got cruder:
Mike Ditka can eat a Ditka. Closeted racists are showing their heads left to right, now, huh?
— Christopher Douglas (@BrothaDoug) September 23, 2016
In the end, I appreciate Mike Ditka for coming out of hiding and showing himself off as 1 of the cancers in society https://t.co/JM8pU4Bjw5
— G ?? (@SirBadHollywood) September 23, 2016
PS. Mike Ditka is a piece of shit. Fuck him and whatever he did as a football player. His comments on Kap tell you all you need know.
— CREME FRAICHE (@CousinFeo) September 23, 2016
However, others were fans of the coach’s comments.
Mike Ditka is a very smart man who never says anything ill-considered. https://t.co/eZtQ9dukYA
— Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) September 23, 2016
At this time, Kaepernick hasn’t responded to Ditka. But it’s definitely possible, considering he did speak up after ex-NFL player Trent Dilfer blasted him on ESPN.