The legendary coach’s viewpoint isn’t exactly PC, and he could care less.
In an interview with Mike Richman of the Redskins Historian website, he made it very clear that he believes the name should, under no circumstances, ever be changed. No matter who it might offend.
Ditka said those offended by the name are “politically correct idiots” and “liberals who complain about everything” and are “silly” and “asinine.”
Ditka also said the controversy was “stupid,” “appalling” and “horses**t.”
“It’s so much [crap] it’s incredible,” said Ditka. “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.”
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) August 21, 2014
Ditka didn’t stop there.
“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is,” said Ditka. “It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. Hey listen, I went through it in the 60s, too. I mean, come on. 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.”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 20, 2014