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Mike Ditka to Colin Kaepernick: ‘If you don’t like this country, get the hell out’

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Mike Ditka says he has no respect for Colin Kaepernick. (Images provided by Getty)

DALLAS, Tx. — Mike Ditka said he has “no respect for Colin Kaepernick” for refusing to stand for the national anthem before football games.

“I think it’s a problem,” Ditka said recently on Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan radio station.

“Anybody who disrespects this country and the flag. If they don’t like the country they don’t like our flag… get the hell out.”

“I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick – he probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice. My choice is, 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.”

Ditka was an NFL champion with the 1963 Bears, and is a three-time Super Bowl champion. He coached the 1985 Chicago Bears and has worked for ESPN since 2007.

Kaepernick has been a controversial football player since he recently started kneeling during the national anthem before football games.