Chicago Sun-Times - - BEARS BEAT - Pa­trick Fin­ley

Last month, for­mer Bears coach Mike Ditka knocked play­ers who kneel for the na­tional an­them.

Two days later, Bears in­side line­backer Danny Tre­vathan sent a tweet that seemed to re­fer to Ditka with­out say­ing his name.

He wrote: ‘‘Some of you old heads [le­gends/coaches etc.] are start­ing to re­ally speak y’all minds and we see you all true colors.’’

In the same tweet, Tre­vathan wrote that if they weren’t part of the so­lu­tion, they were part of the prob­lem.

‘‘Shut yo a$$ up,’’ he wrote. Tre­vathan was asked di­rectly about Ditka in his first in­ter­view Fri­day since his tweet July 28. He again made his point with­out say­ing Ditka’s name.

‘‘For the most part, I was just speak­ing on how I feel,’’ he said. ‘‘Ob­vi­ously, those are great le­gends. I’m not point­ing out no­body’s name, but it was a lot of peo­ple. But that’s stuff that I take se­ri­ous and peo­ple around take se­ri­ous. Closed mouths don’t get fed.

‘‘Those peo­ple, I’m pretty sure they’re still strong on how they feel, and I’m still strong on how I feel. But the world is chang­ing, man. The world is chang­ing. A lot of things are com­ing to the light.’’

Ditka told TMZ Sports last month: ‘‘If you can’t re­spect our na­tional an­them, get the hell out of the coun­try.’’ Tre­vathan stood by his re­sponse.

‘‘I believe in do­ing right and not let­ting neg­a­tiv­ity in here,’’ he said. ‘‘Al­though it may have come off as neg­a­tive to some, I was just speak­ing my mind and let­ting them know how I feel.’’ ✶

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