Commander-in-Chief Jack Del Rio calls the January 6 uprising a “dustbin”

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In a post-practice meeting with journalists, Washington Commander Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio minimized the storming of the US Capitol building on January 6 by calling it a “dust-up” in relation to the racial justice protests that followed George Floyd’s death in 2020.

“I can look at pictures on TV [of the Floyd protests] – people’s livelihoods are being destroyed. Businesses are burned down. No problem, he said. “And then we have a dust-up on the Capitol, nothing burned down, and we’ll make it a big deal. I just think it’s a kind of two standards, and if we use the same standard and we’ll be reasonable with each other, let’s have a discussion. “

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

The latest tweet came Monday night in response to a report from the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington, about the House committee investigating the January 6 attack, which after 11 months and more than 1,000 interviews will begin holding hearings on Thursday. Del Rio wrote, “would like to understand the ‘whole story’ of why the summer of riots, looting, burning and destruction of personal property is never discussed, but this is ??? #S Common sense.”

Del Rio’s comments appear to contradict recent reports of racial justice from the NFL and contradict the way the league and his own team reacted to Floyd’s death. In June 2020, Rivera said he would support players who knelt during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, and in August the head coach canceled a practice to hold a nationwide discussion on racial justice after the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Commander-in-Chief Jason Wright has spearheaded the team’s recent efforts to promote racial justice and staff diversity. This has become a topic in the team’s search for a new stadium site, as Maryland officials pointed out the social change the team could make by keeping its arena in majority-Black Prince George’s County. A spokesman for the team did not respond to an interview request for Wright on Wednesday.

Virginia lawmakers are currently considering legislation intended to entice commanders to move to Virginia, and a state senator indicated that Del Rio’s comments could resonate in Richmond. “Just sealed the deal to cast my vote as a NO,” said Senator Jeremy S. McPike (D-Prince William) tweeted Wednesday. “I think what’s burning down today is the stadium.” McPike had previously expressed reservations about the proposed stadium legislation and expressed transport concerns about a potential Woodbridge site.

His comments have irritated some fans and commentators, with former cornerback DeAngelo Hall tweets a clown emoji with the veteran coach, and Brian Mitchell asks Commander’s head coach Ron Rivera to address the situation.

“How to do [you] expect someone on that team to be okay when you have a guy like that in the defensive coordinator position? ” said Mitchell in the radio program 106.7 The Fan Wednesday.

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

Del Rio said he was not worried that his tweets would offend players – in part because he did not think “race had anything to do with” the uprising – or that his Twitter use could affect the team.

“Everything I ever say or write, I would be comfortable saying or writing in front of everyone I work with, players and coaches,” said Del Rio. “I express myself as an American; we have that ability. I love this country and I believe what I believe and I have said what I want to say. Every now and then someone is offended by it. “

Rivera declined to discuss Del Rio’s tweets with reporters on Wednesday and would not say whether he had discussed them with his defensive coordinator. Rivera said he “does not necessarily” worry that Del Rio’s comments will affect the locker room, which is mostly black and includes many players who supported the Floyd protests with words and posts on social media two years ago. If there’s a problem, Rivera said, he’ll deal with it.

“How I deal with it, I will not share with you because it will be a private matter,” he added.

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

“I would talk about it with anyone,” he said. “No problem. Anytime. But they are not [offended]. I’m just expressing myself, and I think we all as Americans have the right to express ourselves, especially if you show respect. I’m respectful. I just asked a simple question. Really. Let’s get right down to it. What did I ask about? A simple question. Why do not we look at these things [around the 2020 protests]? ”

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, one of the defense’s most vocal leaders, tackling Jonathan Allen, he said that although he is aware of Del Rio’s tweets, they have not created much discussion 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 that is what our country is about. It’s ours lagets About. So I mean, I personally, I do not care about his opinion as long as he shows up every day and works hard. That’s what I want from my defensive coordinator. “

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

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

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

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