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We saved the angriest for last, and not to slam former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka, but to really drive home the point that Kaepernick's protest continues to catalyze strong responses from famous figures. When asked about the quarterback by the Shan & RJ Show, Ditka held nothing back: "I think it's a problem, 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, that's what I think." Ditka continued, "I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick, he probably has no respect for me."

"I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on," Ditka added. "I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunities. Now, if they don't want to look for them, then you can find problems with anything."

A few days later, during a radio interview on Jay Mohr Sports, Ditka grew even more heated, criticizing the backup quarterback for using the NFL and collecting a paycheck when he doesn't even play. "You make $7 million a year for not playing football," he said. "You're not playing. You're not on the field. Give that money to these people. Go out on the street and help these people with that money. That's something you could do." The hall of fame coach then hung up.

So, depending on how you look at it, Kaepernick's protest has done one of two things (or perhaps it's done both): it either sparked a dialogue about the divisive issues of police brutality and racial injustice in America, or it further polarized people to the point where even celebrities, who generally cushion their public remarks, are speaking out for and against.

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