NFL Legend Mike Ditka to Anthem Protesters: 'If You Can't Respect This Country, Get the Hell Out'

NFL Legend Mike Ditka to Anthem Protesters: 'If You Can't Respect This Country, Get the Hell Out'


Legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is telling protesting NFL players just where he thinks they belong.

Ditka, a Hall of Fame tight end and coach who led the 1985 Bears to a Super Bowl win, has been standing foursquare against protests that take the form of disrespect for the national anthem ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the protests trendy back in 2016

“I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick — he probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice,” Ditka said in a 2016 interview with KRLD-FM. “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.”

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Time marches on. But Ditka has not bent with the winds of change, as he made evident in a new interview with Newsmax TV.

NFL 🏈: Hall-of-Fame coach Mike Ditka tells protesting players that if ‘they can’t

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