Will Mike Ditka be suspended by ESPN? Rush Limbaugh thinks so

(AP file)

Hall of Famer Mike Ditka couldn’t have been clearer in expressing his support for the Washington Redskins’ nickname and one fellow conservative thinks he may pay a price for it.

Rush Limbaugh mused that Ditka, who said the debate was manufactured by “all the political correct idiots in America,” might be suspended from his broadcasting job by ESPN for his remarks.

“I think it’s very classic the way the media does this,” he said on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” “They present the story as though everybody agrees with them and everybody agrees this has gotta go. Out of nowhere! This is just the agents of intolerance on the march demanding that everybody agree with them. It’s the same thing and the same myth that’s propelling the Ferguson story. There’s a myth here that this nation is fed up with the name Washington Redskins.

“There’s a myth that everybody wants it changed. There is a myth that numbers, millions of people are routinely/profoundly offended by it. None of that’s true. Again, we’re dealing with a politically correct minority intent on having their way, and Ditka is just speaking up for people who say, “What the hell is this? There’s no real issue here! Nobody’s really upset. There’s more important stuff going on. Leave it alone! Hope the owner hangs in there.”

“Anyway, he works at ESPN, but I don’t know… I mean once this gets out, he’s at least gotta be suspended.”

Ditka’s comments came shortly after Tony Dungy, of NBC’s top-rated “Sunday Night Football,” and Phil Simms of CBS said they would no longer use the nickname. In an interview with Mike Richman of RedskinsHistorian.com, he said:

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said. “It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. 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 Proudskin? 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.

“Its been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”

Richman theorized that the debate is coming from outside the D.C. area.

“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. 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.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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