Ricky Williams slammed the man who gave up a draft’s worth of picks to acquire him as a “white guy” who doesn’t understand police brutality.
Former Bears and Saints coach Mike Ditka had criticized the lawlessness in Ferguson and the “hands up” pose struck by Rams players at Sunday’s game in St. Louis. “The shame of it is, I’m not sure they care about Michael Brown or anything else,” Ditka told the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this week. “This was a reason to protest and to go out and loot. Is this the way to celebrate the memory of Michael Brown? Is this an excuse to be lawless?”
Williams criticized his former coach for criticizing the Rams. He said of the man he once posed with in a wedding dress on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, “He’s a white guy. White people don’t relate to police brutality.”
The member of the NFL’s 10,000-yard club protested that he had experienced racism when he was in college, recalling, “I was arrested for failing to provide identification when I was at Texas. I told them my name was ‘Ricky’ when my lD said ‘Errick.’ This when I was the best player in college football.”
Williams also implied unintentional racism by most whites. He opined, “Put a video camera on most white people all day long, you’re going to hear something that black people would consider to be racist, whether they mean it or not.”