FOX News' Tucker Carlson slammed Washington Commanders' head coach Ron Rivera for fining defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 following his comments stating that the U.S. Capitol insurrection on January 6th was a dust-up.
The host criticized Rivera's decision to fine Del Rio on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight, saying:
“Oh, he thought he had a right to respectfully express himself in the land of the free. But it turns out, no. Just hours ago the coach of the Washington Commanders, a fascist moron called Ron Rivera, announced that Jack Del Rio has no right to talk and he’s being fined $100,000 for doing it.”
Carlson also attacked the veteran head coach for claiming that "lives were lost" during the insurrection, calling it a lie. The Fox News host said:
“If you can think of a line more filled with cant dishonesty and propaganda than that, send us text and tell us what it is because we can’t. That’s just flat-out Maoist.”
Why Ron Rivera fined Jack Del Rio
Last Monday, the Commanders' defensive coordinator voiced his opinion about the January 6th insurrection hearings, writing:
"Would love to understand "the whole story" about why the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed but this is ??? #CommonSense"
On Wednesday, the former Las Vegas Raiders head coach doubled down on his comments during a press session and compared the insurrection to the George Floyd murder protests. He said:
"Businesses are being burned down, no problem... and then we have a dust-up at the Capitol, nothing burned down... and we're gonna make that a major deal."
His comments prompted Commanders head coach Ron Rivera to levy a $100,000 fine on his team's defensive coordinator. He also released a statement addressing the situation via the team's social media account, which read:
"[Del Rio's] comments do not reflect the organization's views and are extremely hurtful to our great community here in the DMV [D.C.-Maryland-Virginia]. As we saw last night in the hearings, what happened on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was an act of domestic terrorism. A group of citizens attempted to overturn the results of a free and fair election, and as a result lives were lost and the Capitol building was damaged."
He apologized for his comments on Twitter, writing:
The defensive coordinator has since deleted his Twitter profile.