The former coach made his comments during a national telecast of the Monday Night Fottball pre-game show. Ditka said "All of a sudden, it's become a big deal now, about oppression," he continued. "There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I'm not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody. ... If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort into yourself, I think you can accomplish anything."