Legendary former Chicago Bears coach and current ESPN announcer Mike Ditka says the debate over the Washington Redskins name change is “so stupid its appallling.”
Ditka tells Mike Richman of redskinshistorian.com that discussion over whether or not the name is offensive has been drummed up by “all the political correct idiots in America”.
“It’s so much [crap] it’s incredible,” said Ditka. “We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins.”
Ditka wasn’t done.
“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is,” said Ditska. “It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. Hey listen, I went through it in the 60s, too. I mean, come on. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right, if you don’t like it, protest. You have a right to do that, but to change the name, that’s ridiculous. Change the Constitution—we’ve got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”
Ditka said he supports Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s efforts to keep the name the same, and that he admires him for it. This year, over debate of whether or not the name is offensive, CBS will allow its broadcasters to choose whether or not to say the word “Redskins”. Earlier this week, longtime official Mike Carey admitted that he asked the NFL not to assign him to Redskins games for eight years because he found the name offensive.
h/t Washington Post