Ditka joined Gray for an interview on the Westwood One Monday Night Football pregame show before the Bears game.
"Yes, I don't care who you are, how much money you make", Ditka said as a guest in the booth during the Bears-Vikings game Monday night. "Go to another country and play football", Ditka said.
Adios? Oh, it gets worse. Muhammad Ali rose to the top, Jesse Owens is one of the classiest individuals that ever lived. "I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity". My choice is that 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. You have to look at a person for what he is and what he stands for and how he produces, not by the color of his skin. "That has never had anything to do with anything".
Steve Smith, a five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who played 16 seasons with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens before retiring in January, was among those who took objection with Ditka's remarks. Also, the colorblind jig is nonsense.
All of a sudden it's become a big dealing now about oppression. Even if you want to argue that the key part of Ditka's quote is the "that I know of" portion - as that suggests that maybe Ditka was talking about his own personal experiences with oppression - it's still a terribly dumb thing to say. "But going back to what Colin Kaepernick initially did, it was to point out some injustice that's being done to the black race or to people that - obviously when you look and I say, obviously, some of these dash-cams and shootings that were done to unarmed people and all, he was reaching out to try and get it more investigated".
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I think that you have to be color blind in this country.
"To act like this country is flawless and say history hasn't happened is reckless and untrue".
"I don't know what social injustices (there) have been". This is called willful ignorance.
Really? Civil rights act of 1964, voting act of 1965, Rosa parks 1955, #mikeditka go sit ur dumb a$$ down somewhere. That was just 53 years ago, since bigots tend to be awful at school subjects, like math.
"When Mike Ditka was playing, there was a quota for black players on teams for the National Football League", he said.