Former NFL player and head coach of ‘Da Bears,’ Mike Ditka is not a man who minces his words.
His latest un-mincing touches on the, well, touchy subject of whether the Washington Redskins should change their team name.
Ditka’s take? The whole thing is “so stupid it’s appalling.”
“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible,” Ditka said in an interview with RedskinsHistorian.com. “We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.”
“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is. It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. Hey listen, I went through it in the 60s, too. I mean, come on. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right, if you don’t like it, protest. You have a right to do that, but to change the name, that’s ridiculous. Change the Constitution — we’ve got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”