Mike Ditka Shreds NFL Kneelers In New Interview: “Get The Hell Out Of” America
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During a recent interview, legendary NFL coach Mike Ditka ripped those who kneel for the National Anthem.
“If you can’t respect this country get the hell out of it," he said.
The comments from Ditka came during an interview with Newsmax.
"Football’s football. It’s not a complicated thing," he said. "You’re playing the game, you’re enjoying the game. You don’t like the game, get out of it. It’s not for protesting one way or the other. What color you are, what you think, this or that. You play football. That’s it. You’re privileged. You got a gift from God that you can play the game because you got a body you can do it with. I don’t really understand what you’re protesting. I played the game. I coached the game for a long time. It makes no sense to me.”
He continued: “I would tell those players go to another country and play football there. You don’t have to come out. You don’t have to come out if you go to another country. You can’t! Because the game’s only played in this country. And if you can’t respect this country, get the hell out of it.”
This isn't the first time that Ditka has called out kneelers. During a separate interview highlighted by TMZ, Ditka shredded the kneelers.
“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country," he said. "That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned. So, I’m only going to say what I feel. I think there’s a way you protest and there’s a way you don’t protest."
“You don’t protest against the flag, you don’t against this country [that] has given you the opportunity to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen,” he added.
“So, I don’t wanna hear all the crap,” he finished.
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