Jack Del Rio shared his thoughts on what occurred at the United States Capitol on January 6th last year. NFL fans took to social media to share their thoughts on the Washington Commanders defensive coordinator's comments.
This fan said that they're tired of people dressing up what happened on January 6th as anything other than what it was:
Another fan commented that the folks at the Capitol were attempting a coup, which isn't the same as a riot:
This Philadelphia Eagles fan said that Del Rio called what happened at the Capitol a dust-up. The fan also seemed curious to see how it plays out in the primarily black locker room:
Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, chimed in, saying that any comment on 2020 property damage that doesn't mention right-wing provocateurs is telling on itself:
This Chicago Bears fan noted that the Del Rio's comments are facts and that Del Rio is his new favorite coach in the history of sports:
A fan of the University of Arkansas said that Del Rio spoke the truth, and the woke crowd didn't like it:
This Green Bay Packers fan commented "No" and included a photo from what transpired at the Capitol on January 6th:
Here, a Philadelphia sports fan said that Del Rio has 25 burner accounts and used them in all of the replies:
A Seattle Seahawks fan commented that the 2020 election was honest and that being upset at the outcome is one thing, but throwing a fit at the Capitol isn't a great look:
This fan wonders what Del Rio says to the families of those who were murdered or to those who were beaten and suffered to this day:
Jack Del Rio and his comments about the Capitol
The Commanders' defensive coordinator talked about what happened at the Capitol on January 6th, comparing it to the images on television:
"I can look at images on the TV, people's livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem. And then we have a dust up at the Capitol, nothing burned down, and we're going to make that a major deal."
He also commented that he feels there are two different standards and called for discussion:
"I just think it's kind of two standards, and if we apply the same standard and we're going to be reasonable with each other, let's have a discussion. That's all it was. Let's have a discussion."
The Washington defensive coordinator later issued an apology, saying calling what happened at the Capitol a dust-up was irresponsible and negligent:
"I made comments earlier today in referencing the attack that took place on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Referencing that situation as a dust-up was irresponsible and negligent and I am sorry."
He concluded his apology by stating that he stands by his comments on condemning violence across the United States and supports all peaceful protests in America:
"I stand by my comments condemning violence in communities across the country. I say that while also expressing my support as an American citizen for peaceful protest in our country. I have fully supported all peaceful protests in America."
Washington head coach Ron Rivera did not disclose whether he has spoken with his defensive coordinator about the tweets:
"I'm not going to talk about stuff that I talk to my coaches about, especially stuff that's off the field and not pertaining to football. Everybody's entitled to their opinion, though."
Del Rio is entering his third season as the Commanders' defensive coordinator after being the head coach of the Oakland Raiders for three seasons (2015-2017) and the Jacksonville Jaguars for nine seasons (2003-2011).