TheFollowing his remarks earlier in the week, Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator, was fined $100,000. He referred to Jan. 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol as “dustup” in a comparison to “riots looting, burning” during the summer 2020 protests.
Ron Rivera, Washington coach, stated that he spoke with Del Rio Friday morning to vent his dismay at the comments.
Rivera said, “His comments don't reflect the organization’s views and are extremely hurtful for our great community here at the DMV.” “What happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, was domestic terrorism,” Rivera said. A group of citizens tried to reverse the results of a free election. People were killed and the Capitol was damaged.
Rivera announced that the fine money will go to the U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund. Rivera said that more than 100 officers were injured in the Capitol riot, while five officers who served at the Capitol on January 6th died in the weeks and days followingward.
Del Rio will also address the team Tuesday as the Commanders begin their three-day mandatory minicamp.
Del Rio responded to a tweet he had posted two days prior on Twitter, saying, “Would like to understand the whole story” about the summer of looting and burning, and why personal property was destroyed, but this is? #CommonSense.”
Del Rio stated that he felt two standards were being applied and was simply expressing his opinions. Del Rio responded to the last question in his news conference by calling the U.S. Capitol invader a “dustup”, creating yet another controversy for this franchise.
Later Wednesday, he released a statement in which he said that “Referencing this situation as an uproar was irresponsible & negligent and I am sorry. I stand by my condemnation of violence in communities throughout the country. While I do so, I also support peaceful protest in America as an American citizen.
Rivera stated that Del Rio has the right to express his opinion. “But, words have consequences. And his words hurt a lot people in our community.
“I want it to be clear that my organization will not tolerate any equivalency among those who demanded justice after George Floyd's death and those who attempted to overthrow our government on Jan. 6. … I believe that he will gain a better understanding of the impact of his language on our team's values after our conversation today.
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) June 10, 2022
The Virginia General Assembly made a decision on Thursday toThe state's Commanders stadium will be funded until next year. State senators claimed that Del Rio's comments made it easier to make the decision, even though there was momentum towards tabling the vote.
The NAACP president Derrick Johnson also called for Del Rio's resignation or termination that day.
Johnson stated in a statement that Johnson's remarks were offensive and ignorant. Johnson stated that the January 6th insurrection, an attempted coup, was far from a “dust-up”. We learn more every day about the extent to which our democracy was enslaved by autocracy. The insurrection is often downplayed by comparing it with nationwide protests which were in response a public lynching. You cannot coach a majority Black football team and ignore the Black community. You need to get off the field.
However, some sources close to the defensive end said that they didn't believe that there would be a division. A source close to defensive endDel Rio said that he was “his guy” while he was a defensive tackle NBC Sports Washington said, “I don’t care about his opinions as long as he works hard every day.” This is what I expect from my defensive coordinator.
Wednesday's Del Rio statement stated that he would meet any player who disagrees with his statements.
Thursday saw the House's first public hearing on the investigation into the 2021 rebellion. These six hearings will last until June and include previously unseen material about what the committee found over a 10-month investigation.
The Commanders are dealing with congressional as well as NFL investigations into Dan Snyder, team owner. These investigations relate to workplace culture and allegations of sexual misconduct. This follows a $10M fine that the NFL issued after discovering a toxic workplace culture within the NFL. In February, another investigation was opened by the league following a report that it had received.against Snyder.
Washington, D.C., and Virginia's attorneys general are also investigating.By the Commanders. The former employee has been accused of making false accusations against the team.
Two years ago, Del Rio caused controversy with his tweets. He said to someone who discovered he was supporting President Donald Trump that he was 100% for America and that if you aren't, you can kiss my A $$.”. He did not lose his friendship with the players.
Del Rio said Wednesday, “Anything I ever say or do, I'd feel comfortable speaking or writing in front all my colleagues — players and coaches.” “I am an American. We have that ability. This country is my home, and I love it. I also believe in the Constitution and have spoken what I want. There are some people who get offended every now and again.