Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Joe Namath responds to Mike Ditka: 'Look up the meaning of oppression'

Joe Namath responds to Mike Ditka: 'Look up the meaning of oppression'

Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka walks the sidelines during the game between the Chicago Bears and the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on September 10, 2017 in Chicago. Namath added that he thinks when quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his former 49ers teammate Eric Reid knelt during the anthem past year, the two players "weren't disrespecting the flag".

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, whose 90 receptions in 2014 smashed Ditka's franchise record for a tight end, sent the following Tweet with three pairs of rolling eyes at the end: "Hasn't seen oppression in 100 years, bruh?" Now if they don't want to look for them, then you can find problems with anything, but this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work.

Namath did, however, say that National Football League owners have the right to tell players not to protest while at work. "So I would say, adios". Hell, if Ditka was born even five years ago he'd have quite a hard time arguing that there's been no oppression during his lifetime. 'Excuse me. Go do that somewhere else. "If you want to try, and you want to put effort in, I think you can accomplish anything". But I think you're a professional athlete. "If you don't respect our country, then you shouldn't be in this country playing football..." I don't think burning the flag, I don't think protesting the country. I have absolutely seen oppression in society in the last 100 years and I am completely intolerant of any discrimination. Muhammad Ali rose to the top, Jesse Owens is one of the classiest individuals that ever lived. And if you don't get that person in office, I think you respect the other one.

"The characterization of the statement that I made does not reflect the context of the question that I was answering and certainly does not reflect my views throughout my lifetime", the former coach of the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints said in a statement.

Ditka stated that folks need to be "colorblind" and not judge people by the color of their skin. If they don't like the country they don't like our flag, get the hell out.

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Also, did I mention that Ditka is a Trump supporter? "You know, the other quarterback (Mike Glennon) wasn't bad".

Unsurprisingly, Ditka's comments prompted criticism, with a number of people pointing out instances of oppression endured by the African American community in the US over the past century.

Ending the segment, Gray joked that Ditka seemed to be at a loss for words.

But there's one particular quote from Ditka that stood out above the rest on Monday night. and certainly not for a good reason.

He acknowledged that America still faces issues with racial inequality and police brutality, but it's simply the wrong time to address those issues while the anthem is being played. "I would like to see us get back to that".

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