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Mike Ditka tried to make clear feedback he made lately about protests in the course of the nationwide anthem, the place he stated there was no oppression that he knew of within the final one hundred years.

The previous Chicago Bears head coach launched a press release Tuesday night time, apologizing for offending anybody together with his earlier commentary.

The characterization of the assertion that I made doesn’t mirror the context of the query that I used to be answering and positively doesn’t mirror my views all through my lifetime. I’ve completely seen oppression in society within the final one hundred years and I’m utterly illiberal of any discrimination. The interview was concerning the NFL and the associated points. That is the place my head was at. I used to be quoted within the interview stating, ‘You need to be colorblind.’ I said that you need to take a look at an individual for what they’re and never the colour of their pores and skin. I am sorry if anybody was offended.

Many took difficulty with Ditka’s assertion, together with the likes of Joe Namath and Steve Smith.

The seventy seven-yr-previous additionally famous in his unique feedback that he would require his gamers to face for the anthem if he was nonetheless teaching or they would not play.

“I do not care who you’re, how a lot cash you make,” Ditka stated. “When you do not respect our nation, then you definitely should not be on this nation enjoying soccer.”