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Former NFL player and coach Mike Ditka arrives at the 5th annual NFL Honors at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for NFL/AP Images)

Mike Ditka apologized for saying he wasn't 'aware of racial oppression in the last 100 years'

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After receiving harsh criticism Mike Ditka is apologizing saying, he ‘wasn’t aware of any racial oppression over the last 100 years in the U.S.,’ according to the Associated Press.

On Monday Ditka said in an interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One, “All of a sudden, it’s become a big deal now, about oppression. There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Maybe I ‘m not watching it as carefully as other people.”

As expected social media didn’t take to kindly to his words.

Even Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath had something to say, “Look up the meaning of oppression. Look the definition of oppression, and you understand that it’s obviously taken place.”

So, after all that backlash on social media, Ditka is now making an about face on his words and issued a statement saying, “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.”

The Hall of Fame coach continued, “I have absolutely seen oppression in society in the last 100 years and I am completely intolerant of any discrimination”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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