Legendary NFL tight end and head coach Mike Ditka didn’t hold back when blasting Colin Kaepernick for what he believes is disrespecting the American flag.
Speaking with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Ditka put Kaepernick on blast for kneeling during the national anthem.
“I think it’s a problem…anybody who disrespects this country and the flag” said Ditka, per CBS DFW. “If they don’t like the country they don’t like our flag…get the hell out.
“I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick – he probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice” said Ditka. “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.”
Clearly, Ditka is on one extreme of this national discussion.
There are plenty of others who have jumped headfirst into the deep waters of supporting Kaepernick, on the other end of the conversation, for protesting police brutality and violence against people of color in America.
Recently, Ray Lewis and Jerry Rice both stood with Kaepernick, among other influential NFL legends. San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly has also staunchly supported Kaepernick, and players around the league have begun to kneel with him or have held fists up to recognize the movement.
The recent police shootings of the past week have only further highlighted the need for change when it comes to police relations and actions in America. But clearly, there is a huge divide in the court of public opinion about what is proper and what is not when standing for what one believes.