Mike Ditka on Redskins name debate: 'This is so stupid'

Mike Ditka on Redskins name debate: 'This is so stupid'
August 20, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

The calls to change the Washington Redskins nickname have increased throughout the past week.

Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Harry Reid and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have all petitioned to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to force Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the Redskins team name.

CBS lead NFL analyst Phil Simms and NBC's Tony Dungy have even gone as far as saying they won't be using the term "Redskins" when discussing the franchise during telecasts in 2014.

But that won't be the case for former Bears head coach Mike Ditka.

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The outspoken, often without filter, Ditka was asked about the Redskins, and didn't hold back his thoughts.

In an interview with Mike Richman of RedskinsHistorian.com, Ditka raised the question "What's all the stink over the Redskin name."

"It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible," Ditka said. "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. That’s the way it is.”

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On Monday California lawmakers voted to urge the Redskins organization to change their name, which has been in existence since 1933, because it's "believed by some to be a racial slur and to promote discrimination against Native Americans."

Snyder has taken a fierce stance on the subject and resisted change because "it is not disparaging to Native Americans but instead a term of honor and respect."

Ditka admires Snyder for not giving in to what some political parties want.

"I think it’s tradition, it’s history, it’s part of the National Football League. It was about Sammy Baugh and all the guys who were Redskins way back then. I didn’t think that Lombardi and Halas never had a problem with it, why would all these other idiots have a problem with the name? I’m sorry.

"I’m not very tolerant when it comes to the liberals who complain about everything.”