Remember the old Mike Ditka? The coach of the team that gave the world this gem:
Who once posed with New Orleans Saints running back Ricky Williams like this:
And like this:
Well, it turns out that fun-loving Mike Ditka is really just a bitter old white man.
The Hall of Fame coach was on Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan, where he was asked about Colin Kaepernick's protest against the over-policing of black and minority communities.
Ditka said: "I think it’s a problem, anybody who disrespects this country and the flag. If they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag, get the hell out. That’s what I think.
"So if you’re asking me, I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick. He probably has no respect for me; that’s his choice. My choice is that I like this country, I respect our flag. And I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on."
In case you weren't convinced of Ditka's bitterness, he added: "I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity. Now, if they don’t want to look for them, then you can find problems with anything, but this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. Now, If you don’t work, that’s a different problem."
This isn't the first time that Ditka has walked off his porch to yell about black issues being on his lawn. In 2014, after the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, St. Louis Rams players at the time walked out with their hands up as show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Ditka had this to say about the Rams players’ "hands up" gesture: "I understand what the Rams’ take on this was. I’m embarrassed for the players more than anything. They want to take a political stand on this? Well, there are a lot of other things that have happened in our society that people have not stood up and disagreed about."