Mike Ditka To Anthem Kneelers ‘Get The Hell Out Of The Country’

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Mike Ditka has a stern message for any NFL player who wants to kneel during the anthem.

For the past week, we’ve seen players from the MLS and MLB take a knee during the national anthem to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Several NFL players including Cleveland Browns star QB Baker Mayfield have stated they will take a knee during the anthem this upcoming season.

On Sunday, legendary head coach Mike Ditka was asked about what he thought about the potential anthem protests in the NFL by TMZ and he’s clearly not a fan of the idea.

Via TMZ Sports

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.”

“You don’t protest against the flag and you don’t protest against this country who’s given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen,” Ditka says. “So, I don’t want to hear all the crap.”

This isn’t the first time Ditka has railed against anthem kneelers. Back in 2016 he blasted Colin Kaepernkick for kneeling during the anthem.

“I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick – he probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice”. “My choice is, 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.”