Over the weekend, former NFL coach Mike Ditka got some press for comments he made about athletes who kneel during the National Anthem. Ditka told gossip website TMZ that “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. So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”
Sports agent David Mulugheta blasted Ditka’s comments on Twitter, saying, “This doesn’t surprise me at all. Mike Dikta [sic] traded his helmet in for a white hood as soon as he retired from football. Racism hiding behind faux patriotism is still racism.”
Earlier this morning, Mulugheta continued, “Dikta [sic] isn’t a racist simply because he believes people should stand for the anthem, it’s because of his many racist beliefs. One example, he claims ‘there has been no oppression in the last 100 years.’ To be clear, segregation ended less than 55 years ago. So yea he’s a racist.”
The quote that Mulugheta is referring to is from 2017 when Ditka famously said, “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of” (although he later clarified, “I have absolutely seen oppression in society in the last 100 years and I am completely intolerant of any discrimination. The interview was about the NFL and the related issues”).
Ditka has been promoting the X League — a women’s tackle football league — which is scheduled to start their season in April of 2021, per the league’s official website. In his interview with TMZ, Ditka said, “These women are pretty and good looking and want to knock the crap out of each other!”