Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Joe Namath says oppression has "obviously taken place"

Joe Namath says oppression has

Ditka, 77, a pro football Hall of Famer who coached the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl victory in 1986, said Americans should be "color blind" and insisted he was "not condemning anybody or criticizing anybody".

The Bears elected not to comment.

Former Bears coach Mike Ditka made the comments during an appearence on Westwood One's Monday Night Football pregame show with Jim Gray, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka said on Monday that he doesn't believe there has been oppression in the United States "in the last 100 years". "Or to people that obviously when you look - and I say obviously, some of these dash cams and shootings that were done to unarmed people".

Joe Namath also rebuked Ditka.

"The oppression or the unjust treatment of others has fallen in the background here", Namath said.

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, whose 90 receptions in 2014 smashed Ditka's franchise record for a tight end, sent the following Tweet with three pairs of rolling eyes at the end: "Hasn't seen oppression in 100 years, bruh?" "If you want to work, if you want to try, you want to put effort - I think you can accomplish anything". "Muhammad Ali rose to the top". After Week 3, in which every National Football League team made a statement during the anthem in response to Trump's fiery comments, Kaepernick's original sentiment has been turned into a debate over respecting the American flag. "And we have watched that throughout our history of our country".

NFL national anthem protests became a hot topic after President Donald Trump attacked players that "disrespect our flag" and hundreds of NFL players then responded by protesting the anthem at a historic rate the following Sunday.

Now maybe I'm not watching it as carefully as other people.

Saying that "you have to be colorblind in this country", Ditka noted that "the opportunity is there for everybody". I don't see a lot of respect for the game.

"I don't care who you are, how much money you make", he said.

The issue was has been dividing fans since last season when then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem to protest police brutality and the oppression of black people in America. Namath added that he thinks when quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his former 49ers teammate Eric Reid knelt during the anthem a year ago, the two players "weren't disrespecting the flag".

Ending the segment, Gray joked that Ditka seemed to be at a loss for words.

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