Mike Ditka clarifies opinion on Washington Redskins name debate

Mike Ditka clarifies opinion on Washington Redskins name debate
August 22, 2014, 4:45 pm
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A few days ago, Mike Ditka shared a strong opinion on calling the Redskins name change 'stupid'.

On Friday, the former Bears coach clarified his statement in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Let me say this right now. How long has the Washington team had that name? Eighty some years? Why didn’t it come up before then? Because we have people that sit around that have nothing to do and think, ‘maybe we can cause a stir over this.’

“If an American Indian found it to be offensive, I can understand it perfectly. But for somebody who that’s their job is to stir up crap, to go out and say it’s offensive? If an American Indian says it’s offensive, that’s fine. I’m all for changing it. But I don’t want some liberal to come out and say, ‘this is wrong.’ It isn’t wrong.

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“I don’t think it’s derogatory. A lot of people may feel it’s derogatory, I don’t. Now, that’s only my opinion. That doesn’t make me right. But that’s my opinion, and I’m entitled to that opinion. And, I’ll stay with that opinion until I go to my grave. I don’t find it offensive, and I don’t know if the Indians do.

“I just know the logo to me is classic. It’s a warrior. It’s a brave person. It signifies something noble to me. To me! That’s only me. Other people can look at it any way they want to.

“Now, did I answer the question!?”