Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant called out Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka after his recent comments about the NFL. Ditka has criticized the NFL for their recent protests of the national anthem.
Now, Bryant called Ditka “entitled” for his comments.
During Week 1, the NFL held demonstrations for social injustices and the Black Lives Matter movement. For instance, several teams protested the national anthem by staying in the locker room. Other players knelt during the anthem or raised their fists. Before every game, the league has played “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. The song has become known as the black national anthem. Players have also worn the names of victims of police violence on their helmets.
Mike Ditka opposes kneeling during the national anthem.
Ditka has been opposed to kneeling during the anthem since Colin Kaepernick introduced the form of protest in 2016. He views it as disrespectful. Back then, the coach suggested Kaepernick “get the hell out” of the country. In July, Ditka doubled-down on his stance in an interview with TMZ.
In an interview on Monday (Sept. 14), Ditka revealed his thoughts on the current demonstrations in the NFL.
“Football’s football. It’s not a complicated thing. You’re playing the game, you’re enjoying the game. You don’t like the game, get out of it,” Ditka told Newsmax TV. “I would tell those players go to another country and play football there. You 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 spent eight seasons playing for the Cowboys before going to New Orleans to play for the Saints in 2018. After being out an entire season for an injury, Bryant is currently a free agent in the NFL. Ditka spent over five decades around the NFL as a player, coach, and later an analyst. He is one of few to win the Super Bowl as a player, an assistant coach, and as a head coach.
[H/T: Fox News]