Joe Namath Supports National Anthem Protests: 'Look Up the Meaning of Oppression'

  • Joe Namath Supports National Anthem Protests: 'Look Up the Meaning of Oppression'

Joe Namath Supports National Anthem Protests: 'Look Up the Meaning of Oppression'

"I don't know what social injustices have been", he said. I stated that you should look at a person for what they are and not the color of their skin. And apparently he thinks everyone has been doing a pretty good job of that.

"The oppression or the unjust treatment of others has fallen in the background here", Namath said.

Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, whose 90 receptions in 2014 smashed Ditka's franchise record for a tight end, sent the following Tweet with three pairs of rolling eyes at the end: "Hasn't seen oppression in 100 years, bruh?" 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. The longtime NFL coach said a year ago he had "no respect" for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, shortly after he first kneeled during the anthem, sparking a national discussion and inspiring dozens of NFL players to follow suit. "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", Ditka said.

Ditka's comments came hours after ESPN suspended host Jemele Hill after she tweeted about Jones, saying fans who disagreed with him could express their disapproval by targeting Cowboys advertisers. "If you want to protest, or whatever you want to protest, you've got a right to do that". That's what I think. I don't see it that way.

Many people believe NFL players should respect the United States flag and stand for the national anthem.

"Yes. I don't care who you are, or how much money you make, if you don't respect our country, you shouldn't be in this country playing football", he said.

Ditka, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, is one of two people in NFL history to win a league title as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. 'Excuse me. Go do that somewhere else.

"If you can't respect the flag and this country, then you don't respect what this is all about, so I would say: Adios". They are protesting maybe an individual, and that's wrong, too. "... Respect the game, play the game, when you want to protest, protest when the game's over, protest whatever other way you want to".