NFL legend Mike Ditka didn’t mince his words.
“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country,” Ditka said to TMZ. “That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned, so I’m only going to say what I feel.”
Despite others saying that protests during the anthem are not against the military, the two-time coach of the year elaborated further.
“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 says. “So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”
In the X League, a women’s tackle football league, Ditka told TMZ that he does not have the final say about what its national anthem policy will be.