Mike Ditka to Kneeling Athletes: ‘If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country’

Chicago Bears icon and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka recently expressed his disapproval regarding people who take a knee for the national anthem of the United States. 

In a recent interview for TMZ sports, Ditka was highly critical of the new and controversial protesting trend.

“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the he– out of the country,” Ditka said. “That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned, so I’m only going to say what I feel.”

His comments came after Drew Brees – a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints – initially said he would never agree with people who disrespect the US flag, but was then attacked by players and fans alike, Brees quickly withdrew his comments on the issue.

Others in the business have also expressed their thoughts on the topic in light of the recent unrest in the country, sparked in large part by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this year.

However, Ditka – who is also the chairman of the X League – a women’s tackle football organization, previously referred to as the Legends Football LeagueDitka – said he wouldn’t change how he felt about this issue.

“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,” he told TMZ. “So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”

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