Mike Ditka apparently doesn’t need to be near a football field to fumble his way into NFL infamy.
Ditka, the legendary Bears coach, joined Jim Gray on Westwood One radio before the Bears-Viking game on “Monday Night Football,” and the exiled ESPN personality again went off on those protesting the national anthem, as he did last year.
But on Monday, it was Ditka’s take on the rationale behind the kneeling and fist-raising that launched the Hall of Famer into new, history-denying territory.
“All of a sudden, it has become a big deal now — about oppression. There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of,” Ditka said. “Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody — race, religion, creed, color, nationality. If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort in, I think you can accomplish anything. And we have watched that throughout our history of our country.” http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/mike-ditka-no-oppression-100-years-article‑1.3553338