Mike Ditka, NFL Hall of Famer slammed national anthem kneelers during an interview with TMZ on Saturday. Ditka shares the same feelings as most patriots and told TMZ that the kneelers should leave the country.
"If you can't respect our national anthem, get the hell 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," he said.
Ditka is set to become the chairman to the all women's league called 'X League', and made the comments when asked if he would allow protests during the anthem.
"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," Ditka said. "So, I don't want to hear all the crap."
Ditka’s comments came after New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees initially said he would never agree with anyone disrespecting the flag, but after he received a ton of backlash from fans and players across the league, Brees changed his stance on the topic. Other athletes have voiced their opinions on the subject in light of recent events, sparked in large part by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis earlier this year, Fox News reported.
The former Chicago Bears head coach, reiterated, however, that he does not have the final say on the league's policy and was just stating his personal feelings.
During the early years of kneeling for the anthem people who spoke out against it were branded racists and shunned by the liberal masses. Thankfully, as patriots have persisted in speaking out on behalf of the flag, that negative backlash is starting to die down - at least a little. It could be that these filthy rich team owners realized who their fans really are after taking incredible financial hits in return for the utter disrespect of the American flag and what it stands for.