Commanders’ coordinator Jack Del Rio calls Jan. 6 uprising ‘dust’

Commanders’ coordinator Jack Del Rio calls Jan. 6 uprising ‘dust’

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In a post-workout meeting with reporters, Washington commanders’ defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio downplayed the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by calling it “dust” over protests for the racial justice that followed the death of George Floyd in 2020. .

“I can watch pictures on the TV [of the Floyd protests] — people’s livelihoods are destroyed. Businesses are set on fire. No problem,” he said. “And then we have a dust in the Capitol, nothing burned, and we’re going to make it a major deal. I just think it’s kind of two standards, and if we run the same standard and we’re going to be reasonable with each other, let’s discuss it.

Del Rio’s comments were in response to questions related to a social media post he made earlier in the week. The 59-year-old veteran football coach has been outspoken on Twitter in each of the three offseasons he has coached Commanders, often over conservative political issues.

The latest tweet came Monday night in response to a report by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, about the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, which after 11 months and more than 1,000 interviews will begin to hold hearings on Thursday. Del Rio wrote: ‘I’d like to get the ‘full story’ as to why the summer of rioting, looting, arson and destruction of personal property is never discussed, but it’s?? ? #Common sense.”

Del Rio’s comments appear to be at odds with the NFL’s recent messages of racial justice and run counter to how the league and his own team have responded to Floyd’s death. In June 2020, Rivera said he would support players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality, and in August the head coach canceled a practice to hold a team-wide discussion on racial justice after Jacob’s shooting. Blake.

Commanders Chairman Jason Wright has led the team’s recent efforts to promote racial justice and workforce diversity. This became a theme in the team’s search for a new stadium site, when Maryland officials pointed to the social change the team could bring by keeping its site in predominantly black Prince George’s County.

Virginia lawmakers are currently considering legislation to incentivize COs to move to Virginia, and a state senator has indicated that Del Rio’s comments could resonate in Richmond. “I just made the deal for my vote to be NO,” said Sen. Jeremy S. McPike (D-Prince William) tweeted Wednesday. “I think what’s burning today is the stadium.” McPike had previously expressed reservations about the proposed stadium legislation and raised transportation concerns around a potential location in Woodbridge.

His comments angered some fans and commentators, with former cornerback DeAngelo Hall tweet a clown emoji to the veteran coach, and Brian Mitchell calling on Commanders head coach Ron Rivera to fix the situation.

“How to do [you] do you expect anyone on this team to be outspoken when you have a guy like that as defensive coordinator? » Mitchell said on his radio show 106.7 The Fan Wednesday.

“Jack Del Rio is an ignorant, ignorant man,” former Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin wrote on Twitter. “And that’s as loving and respectful as I can tell.”

Del Rio said he’s not worried his tweets will offend players — in part because he doesn’t think ‘race has anything to do with’ the insurgency — or that his use of Twitter might affect the game. ‘crew.

“Anything I say or write, I would be comfortable saying or writing in front of everyone I work with, players and coaches,” Del Rio said. “I speak as an American; we have that ability. I love this country, and I believe what I believe, and I said what I meant. From time to time, there are people who are offended by it. »

Rivera declined to discuss Del Rio’s tweets with reporters on Wednesday and wouldn’t say if he discussed them with his defensive coordinator. Rivera said he was “not necessarily worried” that Del Rio’s comments will affect the locker room, which is predominantly black and includes many players who have supported the Floyd protests with words and social media posts two years ago. If it becomes a problem, Rivera said, he will deal with it.

“How I handle it, I’m not going to share with you guys because it’s going to be a private matter,” he added.

Del Rio said if any of his players were offended by his comments, he would welcome a discussion.

“I would talk to anyone about it,” he said. “No problem. Anytime. But they are not [offended]. I’m just expressing myself, and I think all of us as Americans have a right to express ourselves, especially if you’re respectful. I am respectful. I just asked a simple question. Really. Let’s cut to the chase. What did I ask? A simple question. Why don’t we examine these things [around the 2020 protests]?”

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, one of the defense’s most outspoken leaders, tackle Jonathan Allen, said that while he’s aware of Del Rio’s tweets, they haven’t garnered much backlash. discussions in the locker room.

“At the end of the day, you can have a difference of opinion and still respect each other,” Allen said. “I feel like that’s what it’s all about in our country. This is what our the team on. So, I mean, me personally, I don’t care what his opinion is as long as he shows up every day and works hard. That’s what I expect from my defensive coordinator.

Veteran cornerback Kendall Fuller said he hadn’t seen Del Rio’s tweet, and after it was read to him, he said he had no reaction.

“If I have a reaction or a feeling towards something, I will express it with him,” he said.

Since the summer of 2020, Fuller said, players have had ongoing discussions about the race in the locker room.

“It’s definitely something that guys still have,” Fuller said. “It may not be as wide as how it was when it all happened. But it’s something you still see, conversations that guys still have. Like everything in the locker room. I love NFL locker rooms because everyone is so comfortable. We all know each other, we are all comfortable with each other, everyone is open to listening and hearing from everyone.

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