Following last week’s heated remarks on the January 6 Capitol insurgency, Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio closed his Twitter account on Saturday. Del Rio initially remarked on the insurgency on Twitter, comparing it to the George Floyd demonstrations, which he referred to as “riots.” He subsequently doubled down when speaking to the media, claiming that they have double standards when it comes to handling the two instances.
Let’s go down to it, what did I ask?” Del Rio said. “A simple question: Why aren’t we looking into such things? Because it’s difficult for me to say I can look at it realistically, I see the visuals on TV, people’s livelihoods are being destroyed, companies are being burnt down-no issue. “Then we have a scuffle at the Capitol, nothing is burnt down, and we’re going to make a big deal out of it. I simply believe it’s a case of two standards.”
Del Rio sparked outrage early last week when he attempted to draw a parallel between the widespread riots in the summer of 2020 after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis and the attack on the United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
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The defensive coordinator subsequently attempted to address the statements during a news conference at Washington’s minicamp, but garnered additional criticism when he referred to the events of January 6th as a “dust-up.” The organisation was fined, and head coach Ron Rivera issued the following statement: Jack Del Rio was punished for his remarks.
During the January 6 insurgency, four individuals were killed and the Capitol was damaged for $1.5 million. According to the US Department of Justice, over 725 persons were arrested, over 225 were charged with a felony, and 140 police officers were attacked. Commanders head coach Ron Rivera fined Del Rio $100,000 for his social media statements. Del Rio uninstalled the social networking app after apologizing on Twitter. He may face further consequences.
NEW: Washington Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera just said he is fining Assistant Coach Jack Del Rio $100,000 for calling the January 6 insurrection a “dust up” and attacking Black Lives Matter— he will be donating the money to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) June 10, 2022
“I made statements earlier today in reference to the assault on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021,” Del Rio tweeted. “Referring to the circumstance as a squabble was reckless and negligent, and I apologise.” The team promised to give the money to the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund. Meanwhile, Rivera published a statement denouncing Del Rio’s statements. “His words do not represent the organization’s ideals and are terribly insulting to our wonderful community here in the DMV,” Rivera stated.