Namath was speaking out in response to Hall of Fame former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka - who told Westwood One that there's been no oppression in the United States in the last 100 years. Of course, the subject of National Football League protests came up, and it was pure racist struggle. And if you don't get that person in office, I think you respect the other one.
"I think it's a problem, anybody who disrespects this country and the flag", Ditka said then in a radio interview on KRLD-FM in Dallas.
The former football great added that players apparently wanted to start a national dialogue about social justice issues, but they've instead created a national dialogue about the anthem, flag and patriotism. 'Excuse me, go do it somewhere else.
Adios? Oh, it gets worse.
The comments took a lot of fire on social media Tuesday, with one lifelong Bears fan writing: "I loved Mike Ditka as a coach and he was ideal for the Bears Super Bowl run". "Muhammad Ali rose to the top". I mean, are you talking everything is based on color? I don't see a lot of respect for the game. My choice is that I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on. "That has never had anything to do with anything".
Mike Ditka took that opinion a step further Monday night. Also, the colorblind jig is nonsense.
To say there has been no oppression in America since 1917 is, well, astoundingly idiotic, to be completely honest. He said, "There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of", while discussing NFL players who knelt during the national anthem. "Or to people that obviously when you look - and I say obviously, some of these dash cams and shootings that were done to unarmed people". Race, religion, creed, color, nationality. Now, if they don't want to look for them then you can find problems with anything, but this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. "And we have watched that throughout our history of our country". This is called willful ignorance.
"Really? Civil Rights Act of 1964, voting act of 1965, Rosa Parks 1955", Smith tweeted Tuesday morning. That was just 53 years ago, since bigots tend to be bad at school subjects, like math.