Mike Ditka wants Matt Stafford to stop wearing his hat backward

The way an athlete wears his hat seems to crop up periodically as a sports controversy.

This dumb trend started years ago with then-Yankees manager Buck Showalter criticizing Ken Griffey Jr. for always wearing his hat backward.

Most recently, a writer went after Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick for not wearing his hat in proper fashion.

And now we have former Bears coach Mike Ditka bizarrely opining that Lions quarterback Matt Stafford needs to stop wearing his hat backward if he wants to be taken seriously as a leader.

Ditka shared his thoughts with Detroit Free Press, saying, "I think he can make all the throws. He’s a smart kid. I wish he’™d put the baseball cap on frontwards instead of backwards all the time."

Ditka continued, "If you’re the leader of the football team, I think you’ve got to stand up and be that leader, assume that role. A lot of it is what you do on the field, certainly. But I think a little of it has to do with appearance, too. You know, respect the game, respect your team. That’s all.

"I’™m not knocking him. I’m just saying that’€™s the first thing I would tell him if I inherited him. When you’™re going to go do an interview, put it on like it’s supposed to be on, not backwards, sidewards, whatever way they put them on anymore."

So to reiterate Ditka’s strange way of thinking, if you’re doing an interview, don’t wear your hat backward because then you are not a real leader.

OK, got it.

Nobody show Ditka this picture.