Mike Ditka critical of athletes kneeling in protest during anthem.

Hall of Fame football coach and former NFL broadcaster Mike Ditka spent much of the 2016 season voicing his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country.

Of course, just as it has been pointed out repeatedly, the athletes are not protesting against the flag or the anthem.

They are using their platform to peacefully bring attention to a real issue in this country. Ditka has had four years to grasp that concept, but he’s instead leaned into statements like “there has been no oppression in the last 100 years.”

USAToday Mike Ditka critical of athletes kneeling in protest during anthem.