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.
Thank you, Mike Ditka, for idiotically saying racism ended 100 years ago. It's a timely reminder of why conservatives get everything wrong: they start off by conveniently pretending something like racism doesn't exist, thus they have to attack anyone who points out it does exist.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) October 10, 2017
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.