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Mike Ditka: If ‘Redskins’ is offensive to American Indians, ‘I’m all for changing it’
Mike Ditka refused to back down to the liberals who fight for the abolishment of the nickname “Redskins,’ but the ESPN analyst and former Bears coach admitted he would be willing to change his stance on the term “if an American Indian says it’s offensive.”
During an interview on Friday for his Chicago Sun-Times column, Ditka was asked about his controversial comments earlier in the week to the Redskins Historian web site. During that interview, Ditka remained steadfast on his belief in the nickname “Redskins” and blamed the debate on “all the political correct idiots in America.”
Asked if he stood by those comments or if he wanted to clarify anything, Ditka, in raised tones, vehemently responded to the 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.
“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!?”