By now you're probably aware that five Saint Louis Rams players -- Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt -- walked out onto the field last Sunday with their hands above their heads in the familiar "Hands Up! Don't Shoot!" gesture that has become something of a form of shorthand to show solidarity with the Ferguson protesters. You're probably also aware that several pundits, talking heads, and commentators have had different things to say about it. Now, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka has offered his thoughts on the gesture, in an interview with the Chicago Sun Times.
"It's a shame this thing has come to this. The shame of it is, I'm not sure they care about Michael Brown or anything else. This was a reason to protest and to go out and loot. Is this the way to celebrate the memory of Michael Brown? Is this an excuse to be lawless? Somebody has to tell me that. I don't understand it. I understand what the Rams' take on this was. I'm embarrassed for the players more than anything. They want to take a political stand on this? Well, there are a lot of other things that have happened in our society that people have not stood up and disagreed about."
Needless to say, when politics and sports collide, Mike Ditka can be counted on to take the conservative view. Consider, for example, his thoughts on the Redskins name controversy.
"What's all the stink over the Redskin name? It's so much horse s**t it's incredible. We're going to let the liberals of the world run this world."
Do you agree with Mike Ditka's thoughts on the Rams players' Ferguson gesture?