The great thing about the ongoing debate over the 'Star Spangled Banner' is you really get to see how intolerant some people are. Take ESPN's Mike Ditka for example. During a recent interview on a Dallas radio station, the former Chicago Bears coach went all in on Colin Kaepernick's decision to protest social justice issues by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Somehow, in his warped thinking, Ditka thinks Kaepernick's decision to protest is Un-American.
“I think it’s a problem, anybody who disrespects this country and the flag. If they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag, get the hell out. That’s what I think,” Ditka said. “So if you’re asking me, I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick. He probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice.
“My choice is that 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,” he added. “I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity. 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. Now, If you don’t work, that’s a different problem.”
I am not surprised to hear this from Ditka, a staunch conservative who hate President Obama, and loves Donald Trump. However, Ditka is hardly alone in this thinking. But what is sad for people like Mike Ditka is actually how Un-American they are. People like Ditka are seeing the world change before them, and they simply don't know how to handle it. They are watching a new generation of citizen, and citizen-athlete, specifically black athletes, who are becoming more and more willing to speak out about issues.
People like Ditka hate this. People of his ilk belong to a segment of this society that wants to keep blacks in their place. They believe Colin Kaepernick is a football player, and he should stick with talking about football. That's why another ESPN analyst, Trent Dilfer, said Kaepernick should just stay in his place. "This is a backup quarterback whose job it is to be quiet and sit in the shadows,” Dilfer said. “Yet he chose a time when all of a sudden he became the center of attention. And it has disrupted that organization. 'Shut up', and be the backup QB."
Dilfer doesn't get it, and what's worse is he doesn't even want to understand.
The other day a reporter seemed exasperated with San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly because Kaepernick was answering questions HE was asked by reporters, regarding social issues, instead of football. A Santa Rosa Press Democrat reporter clearly wanted to go after Kaepernick for not talking football, and he tried to draw Kelly into as well. Kelly wasn't buying it. Watch him check the reporter in the video below..