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Mike Ditka blames Washington nickname debate on ‘political correct idiots’

Mike Ditka
Mike Ditka The Associated Press

Depending on your age, you may know Mike Ditka as the star tight end for the Chicago Bears or the coach who won a Super Bowl with the Bears or the guy who fell asleep while Chris Berman talked.

Ditka is an ESPN analyst and he provided his insights on the controversy surrounding the Washington football team’s nickname in an interview with a web site devoted to the team’s history.

“It was set out of reverance, out of pride for the American Indian,” Ditka said.

Ditka added that he admired coach Dan Snyder and that Washington the nickname has been associated with the franchise since it began playing.

“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is,” Ditka said. “It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. We’re going to make it ... hey listen, I went through it in the '60s, too. I mean, come on. C’mon. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right, if you don’t like it, protest. … You have a right to do that, but to change the name, that’s ridiculous. Change the Constitution — we’ve got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”