Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka said those who attacked the daughters of current coach Marc Trestman on Twitter after the latest Bears loss are "gutless" and "cowards," Ditka told the Chicago Sun Times.
After Chicago lost 55-14 to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, dropping the Bears to 3-6 on the season, Trestman's daughters were "maliciously attacked on social media," including gay slurs and rape threats, according to the Times.
"First of all, the people that do this are gutless. That’s why they do it in social media—so they can hide," said Ditka. "They’re cowards; they hide behind things. They don’t come out in public. They’re not going to knock on your door and say, ‘Hey, this is what I think.’ They have to do it by innuendo and through [social] media.
"These people are all cowards. That’s what social media allows you to do—you don’t have to meet the person face to face, all you have to do is say what you want to say. That’s why I say it’s a cowardly thing."
Ditka coached the Bears from 1982-1992 and last coached in 1999, with the New Orleans Saints. Asked if anyone in his family was ever yelled at when he coached, before the age of social media, Ditka said no.
"We had writers who weren’t favorable toward me or the team at times, but they had a right to say what they wanted to. But that was different. This is malicious. These people ought to be rounded up and kicked right in their ass," said Ditka.
- Molly Geary