Former Dallas Cowboy receiver Dez Bryant took to Twitter this week to blast NFL Hall-of-Famer Mike Ditka for his anti-protest stance.
Numerous NFL players chose to protest social injustice over the league’s opening weekend. The most common demonstration from players is kneeling during the National Anthem.
Ditka has been critical of players choosing to protest since Colin Kaepernick started the trend in 2016. He has reiterated his “get the hell out” stance several times and suggests protesting players should “leave the country.”
“I would tell those players go to another country and play football there,” he said. “They don’t have to come out. You don’t have to come out if you go to another country. You can’t! Because the game’s only played in this country. And if you can’t respect this country, get the hell out of it.”
Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler and current free agent, tweeted on Tuesday that someone should “have a talk” with Ditka.
“Somebody need to go have a sit down with Mike Ditka,” Bryant writes. “No arguing but explain to him what’s going on…feeling entitled at its finest.”
Bryant’s tweet accumulated over 2,000 likes and over 200 retweets.
The tweet drew reactions ranging from support for Bryant’s words to other’s backing Ditka’s stance.
Dez Bryant spent eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before a short stint with the New Orleans Saints in 2018. He is currently available for NFL teams to sign but he has not garnered much interest.
H/T: Fox News