Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka told Jim Gray of Westwood One Sports that “there has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of,” and now he is trying to say we as a nation misinterpreted the comments.
“The characterization of the statement that I made does not reflect the context of the question that I was answering and certainly does not reflect my views throughout my lifetime,” Ditka’s statement read, via ESPN.com. “I have absolutely seen oppression in society in the last 100 years and I am completely intolerant of any discrimination. The interview was about the NFL and the related issues. That’s where my head was at. I was quoted in the interview stating, ‘You have to be colorblind.’ I stated that you should look at a person for what they are and not the color of their skin. I’m sorry if anyone was offended.”
Ditka was trying to dodge the questions, but this is what he said word for word on the radio show:
“All of a sudden, it’s become a big deal now, about oppression,” Ditka told Gray on Monday. “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody. … If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort into yourself, I think you can accomplish anything.”
What do you think about the backpedaling? Interesting right?
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