Former NFL player and coach Mike Ditka is being replaced as host of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown only one week after endorsing Republican candidate Donald Trump.
During an appearance on WABC’S The Bernie & Sid Show last Thursday, Ditka called President Obama “the worst president we’ve ever had” before officially backing the GOP frontrunner.
“Barack Obama’s a fine man,” Ditka said. “I mean, he’s pleasant. He would be great to play golf with. He’s not a leader. This country needs leadership. It needs direction. It needs somebody that steps up front.”
“If I were to vote tomorrow, I’d probably vote for Trump.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, “sources said this move is not related to Ditka’s recent comments on a radio show last week in which he ripped President Obama.” Instead, the former champion says he has long asked to be moved to a new position at the network.
“This new role is really a blessing,” Ditka said. “It’s something I asked for. After many years of weekend travel, I’m thrilled I’ll get to watch NFL games on Sundays and Monday nights in the comfort of my own home. I enjoy being part of the game and part of ESPN. I really do. So this is a great solution.”
Ditka has thus far refrained from addressing questions regarding the possibility that his removal from the Sunday show was politically motivated.