After criticizing Obama and touting Trump, ESPN strips NFL legend Mike Ditka of analyst role

Just days after calling President Barack Obama the “worst president” ever and admitting he’d “probably vote for [Donald] Trump,” legendary NFL player and coach Mike Ditka was stripped of his analyst role on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.”

Former players Matt Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson will replace Ditka and retired player Keyshawn Johnson on the popular program, according to The Big Lead.

The Super Bowl-winning ex-coach of the Chicago Bears made the political comments last week on the Bernie and Sid morning radio show on WABC-AM — he also said the country needs new leadership and direction.

“We need somebody like Ronald Reagan,” Ditka said, before suggesting that Trump’s a better option than Hillary Clinton or the remaining Republican contenders.

To be fair, this was not the first time Ditka has spoken favorably about Trump.

“I do like Donald Trump,” he wrote back in September in his weekly Chicago Sun-Times column titled “4 Downs With Ditka.”

“Sometimes, I think he has to think a little more before he says things, but I think he’s on the right track,” Ditka added. “I think he has the fire in his belly to make America great again, and he’ll probably do it the right way. I do like him.”

The Big Lead said Ditka is not leaving the network entirely, he’s “just departing Countdown. Sources say he’ll have an unspecified emeritus-type NFL role at the network.”

Tom Tillison


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