Former Bears coach Mike Ditka appeared on Westwood One’s Monday Night Football pregame show with Jim Gray before the Vikings-Bears game. It was supposed to be a standard pregame hit before the game, but it quickly skidded off the rails. You would think the talk would focus on Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, but most of the six-minute segment centered on the NFL’s ongoing issue of team personnel kneeling during the national anthem. Ditka — a proud supporter of President Donald Trump — was channeling his inner Archie Bunker as he tried to tackle an issue that was clearly outside his area of expertise. “I don’t see all the social injustice that some of these people see,” Ditka said late in the interview. At another point, Ditka said: “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people.” You could almost hear Gray squirming over the radio.
Ditka on America’s race issues: ‘No oppression in the last 100 years’
Chicago Sun-Times | Oct 10