By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Legendary football player Mike Ditka is not pleased with people, who kneel during the national anthem. Ditka — who is the new owner of the X-League, formerly known as the Lingerie Football League — said that they should get out of the country.
He said this during an interview with TMZ. He’s not OK with players kneeling during the national anthem.
“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell 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.”
Colin Kaepernick began the stance of protesting during the national anthem in 2016. He has not played in the NFL again after playing in that season.
Kaepernick claimed that he was doing it for social injustice and police brutality in the United States.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said that people should not protest during the national anthem. Hours after the Yahoo interview, he received backlash from people, including his black teammates Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Malcolm Jenkins.
In fact, Jenkins was so bothered by Brees comments that he created a video on Twitter and told his teammate to “Shut the F**k up.”
Ditka will not change his stance on the 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,” Ditka said. “So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”
While this is his personal feelings on the matter, the league — which will play again in 2021 — will issue their own national anthem policy. As the owner, he will likely have a say in the policy.