MIke Ditka is known for saying exactly what he thinks, filter unnecessary. So when asked about the Washington Redskins nickname, Da Coach not shockingly did not hold back.
“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said in an interview with Mike Richman with RedskinsHistorian.com (h/t Washington Post). “It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. 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."
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Ditka, an ESPN NFL analyst, frankly wonders where all this hubbub is coming from.
“Its been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”
The former Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints head coach believes that it's people outside of D.C. who are driving the push to have the nickname changed and not the 70,000-plus fans at FedEx Field who sing "Hail To The Redskins" after the team scores a touchdown.
“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is,” Ditka said. “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.”
When asked about Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's fierce defense about keeping the team's nickname, Ditka says he stands by Snyder on his efforts.
“I admire him for it,” Ditka said. “Really, I think it’s tradition, it’s history, it’s part of the National Football League. It was about Sammy Baugh and all the guys who were Redskins way back then. I didn’t think that Lombardi and Halas never had a problem with it, why would all these other idiots have a problem with the name? I’m sorry. I’m not very tolerant when it comes to the liberals who complain about everything.”
Reading comprehension quiz: What political party does Mike Ditka affiliate with? Sorry, but this is not a multiple-choice question.
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