SJ - July 26, 2020
We don't get to see much of NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka these days. The 80-year-old is still involved with the sport he loves.
Ditka will serve as the chairman of the X League, formerly the Legends Football League. He did an interview with TMZ Sports this weekend and the topic of National Anthem protests came up.
It's safe to say that if it's up to him there won't be any kneeling for the anthem in the X League.
From TMZ Sports:
The Hall of Famer is slated to be the chairman of the X League -- a women's tackle football org. that was previously known as the Legends Football League -- and when we asked him if he'd be OK with protests during the national anthem, he straight-up said no.
"If you can't respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country," Ditka said. "That's the way I feel. Of course, I'm old fashioned, so I'm only going to say what I feel."
This is probably why we haven't seen much of Ditka lately. The get the hell out of the country point of view isn't a popular one.