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NFL Coach Expresses Conservative Views

ASHBURN — Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio referred to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot as a “dust-up” Wednesday in an effort to defend his earlier tweet that compared the attack on the U.S. Capitol to the protests about George Floyd’s death. 

Del Rio replied to a tweet Monday about the upcoming hearing related to Jan. 6 and wrote he “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” 

Del Rio didn’t back down from the viewpoint when meeting with reporters this week after practice, saying he “just asked a simple question” and defended his right to do so as an American.

“I can realistically look at it, I can look at images on the TV, people’s livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem,” Del Rio said. “And then we have a dust-up at the Capitol, nothing burned down, and we’re going to make that a major deal. 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. We’re Americans. Let’s talk it through.”

This is far from the first time that Del Rio has used his Twitter account to wade into politics. Just this offseason, Del Rio tweeted in support of Dinesh D’Souza’s voter fraud film “2000 Mules” and the judge who struck down the country’s federal mask mandate. In June 2020, he responded to a fan who criticized him for being a Trump supporter by tweeting: I”m 100% for America, if you’re not you can kiss my A$$.” He also reshared a fabricated tweet attributed to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

After comparing Jan. 6 and George Floyd, Del Rio was asked if he was worried that his political opinions could alienate any of his players. A number of them, after all, spoke out after Floyd’s killing by a police officer. Defensive end Chase Young, for example, joined fellow NFL stars in a campaign that called on the league to condemn racism. The Commanders also canceled a practice in August 2020 after the shooting of Jacob Blake. 

Del Rio said if any player had a problem, he would welcome a discussion. 

“Anything that I ever say or write, I’d be comfortable saying or writing in front of everybody that I work with, players and coaches,” Del Rio said. “I express myself as an American. We have that ability. I love this country. I believe what I believe and I’ve said what I want to say. Every now and then, there are some people that get offended by it.” 

Commanders coach Ron Rivera said he wasn’t “necessarily” concerned Del Rio’s tweets could impact the locker room. He declined to share whether the two had spoken about Monday’s tweet.

“I’m not going to talk about stuff that I talk with my coaches about, especially stuff that’s off the field and not pertaining to football,” Rivera said. “It’s just everyone’s entitled to their opinion though.”

Cornerback Kendall Fuller said he was unaware of Del Rio’s tweet and after it was read to him, the defensive back said he didn’t have a reaction. Asked if players still talk about social justice issues openly in the locker room, Fuller said discussions weren’t as prevalent but still occur. 

Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen told NBC Sports Washington that he doesn’t care about Del Rio’s tweet.

“As long as shows up every day and works hard, that’s what I want from my defensive coordinator,” Allen said. 

Outside of the facility, Del Rio faced a wave of backlash for the tweet. Former Washington running back Brian Mitchell ripped into Rivera and Del Rio on the radio, blaming the head coach for not condemning the message and calling the defensive coordinator a “damn idiot.” Former cornerback DeAngelo Hall tweeted a clown emoji at Del Rio. 

Del Rio’s tweet drew almost 1,500 replies and more than 500 quote-tweets. When a fan opined that Del Rio saw “black people begging agents of the state to stop executing them” and “white men trying to overthrow results of a democratic election & violently assaulting cops” as the same thing, Del Rio replied: “Uhh yeah sure” with a Pinocchio emoji. 

“It’s about love and respect,” Del Rio told reporters. “I love my guys. I respect my guys. But I also love the fact that I’m an American and that means I’m free to express myself and I’m not afraid to do that.”

Original Article: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/jun/8/jack-del-rio-refers-jan-6-dust-defends-tweets/

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  1. Yea I totally agree with him…
    When it comes to the Democrats
    There’s a double standard.
    All the Democrats have is to push this Jan 6 narrative
    To cover up for all there failure s jw

    • Actually, I believe that Democrats have NO STANDARDS. By that I mean they may be on one side one moment and flip-flop to the other side at the drop of a hat. They have no standards at all. (Exception would be Democrats like Kirsten Sinema and Joe Manchin who are REAL DEMOCRATS like JFK was who actually cared about middle America and the working class).

  2. This progressive NWO Marxist insanity has got to stop.

    It’s totally OK for the kapperdicks to kneel down and completely disrespect my dead brothers that fought and died so they COULD kneel down, but when a white man wants to tell his side it’s the worst thing that ever happened.,,,, (and what he asked for was a dialog where he was willing to listen to THEIR side.) Those pules belong in North Korea.

    These spoiled, actually unemployable off the field, cry babies can kiss my ass too. There is a reason the NFL is loosing supporters by the day, and it’s the kapperdicks and management that is placating them that is leading the way to financial ruin. It can’t come soon enough for me.

    Changing team names, Allowing kaperdicks to break league policies and anything else they can do to placate the low graders that comprise less then 20% of the American population. Never allowing any discussion at all is a pure commie tactic that they use from the bogus critical race theory to nonexistent man made global warming. You either agree with them or shut up. And don’t even get me started on the way the entire country has to bow down to the LBQRST Alphabets that are actually less then 0.4% of the population. There are even openly grooming little kids into their perverted life styles.We NEED to go back to “don’t ask, don’t tell” Be as sexually deviant as you want behind closed doors, but don’t expect any sanctions on normal people to support your perversions. You either get called the “HE” or “She” you were born with or it’s a trip to the emergency room.Your choice. My right s don’t end where your feelings begin. Don’t expect acceptance if you are a mutilated man or woman.

    Enough is enough. No more laws that damage the freedom of the majority. Most Americans are willing to live and let live, ans so am I, but the likes of Antifa, BLM, the kapperdicks, and especially the LBQRST Alphabets don’t see it that way. It has to be their way or it’s jail or the morgue for the rest of us.

    If they want it to be us or them I am more then ready to oblige. It wouldn’t be the first time I shed blood and risk my life for this country.

    PRESIDENT Trump and a total conservative controlled congress sworn in Jan., 2025
    Take America back and KEEP IT THIS TIME

    • Agreed for the most part. I’m NOT white yet when it comes to Democrats, every time a white guy (or half white like George Zimmerman) shoots a black guy, it’s BIG news, but if a black guy shoots a white guy, not a peep. Same goes when a black guy kills a black guy, not a peep even though it happens a lot EVERY SINGLE DAY in cities like Chicago, New York, etc. Democrats are the REAL RACISTS. I wonder how many black servants Pelosi or Schumer have? BTW, I’d bet they have armed security but they don’t want us to be able to be protected with our own guns.

  3. The rioting in 2020 was not the fault of the Democratic party , Black Lives Matter or Antifa . The vast majority of people on the streets at the time were peaceful protesters who did nothing wrong and were exercising their right as US citizens to protest peacefully .
    But unfortunately, there were a small number of opportunistic thugs who used the protests as an excuse to
    riot, loot and. burn . But the violent, degenerate thugs who rioted outside and inside the Capitol building
    are guilty of staging an insurrection to overthrow the US government, overthrow the results of a free and fair election where Joe Biden has won the election fair and square .
    Who incited these vile thugs to attempt a coup ? Donald Trump .

    • Are you blind, stupid or a moron or all three? Damn dim commies think everyone is as ignorant as they are!!!!!

    • Stop watching CNN like the rest of us. They are full of lies. Maxine Waters incited riots Kamala Harris setup a bailout fund for the rioters and that list is endless. George Soros the background hero of the democratic party funded most of the organized riots/protests. Denying what we all saw on television or lived in and around didn’t see “mostly peaceful protests”. We saw riots burning and violence. So perhaps you should expand your news horizons beyond the political hacks like MSNBC or CNN because they deceived lied and misled all of us.

    • And exactly how was this overthrow suppose to happen, NO ONE WHO WENT INTO THE CAPITAL HAD A GUN and NO ONE THAT WENT INTO THE CAPITAL KILLED ANYONE. The only person that was killed/murdered that day was Ashli Babbitt who was unarmed. You are a typical lib which does make you blind, stupid and a moron. I always say the democrats depend on stupid people to get elected and you Robert Berger don’t disappoint.

  4. Since when can’t we speak our minds anymore in this country? Man has a right to his opinion right, wrong or indifferent. Who is anyone to decide whether you can speak your mind or not. Constitution says we have freedom of speech, man just utilizing his rights.

  5. The coach’s comments were right on as to the truth of the differing coverage of both of these terrible events. It is okay to destroy and do unlawful things for mostly democratic protests—but double down to arrest and harass mostly republican protests that both resulted in unlawful actions. We can understand the fine he received if it was explained he was in error for presenting his personal views when “representing “ the Washington Commanders—but I thought he apologized?

  6. A person has the right to a right, wrong or indifferent opinion. Who will decide if he can speak his mind or not? The Constitution says we have freedom of expression, the man is exercising his rights. I also visit this site regularly. This is due to the fact that it has an incredible potential, and it is very good for the owners to think about how these features can be improved.

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