DC’s defensive coordinator calls Jan. 6 riot ‘dust’ : NPR


Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is seen during an NFL football OTA practice at the Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Va. on Wednesday.

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DC's defensive coordinator calls Jan. 6 riot 'dust' : NPR

Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is seen during an NFL football OTA practice at the Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Va. on Wednesday.

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Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator for the Washington Commanders, has apologized after calling the Capitol uprising “dust.”

After an off-season workout on Wednesday, Del Rio compared the Black Lives Matter protests to the attack on the Capitol.

“I see the images on TV. People’s livelihoods are destroyed, businesses are burned down – no problem,” Del Rio said. told reporters. “And then we have a dust in the Capitol, nothing burned…and we’re going to make it a major deal.”

Del Rio issued an apology Wednesday afternoon for calling the Capitol attack “dust.”

β€œTo refer to this situation as dust was irresponsible and negligent and I am sorry. I stand by my comments condemning the violence in communities across the country,” the statement bed. “I say this while expressing my support as an American citizen for a peaceful protest in our country.”

Del Rio also said in the statement that he respects the opinions of the coaches, players and staff he works with.

Earlier this week, Del Rio compared the insurgency to Black Lives Matter protests in a response to a Tweeter on a guide to the January 6 hearings, which begin Thursday evening.

“I’d love to get the ‘whole story’ about why the summer of rioting, looting, arson and destruction of personal property is never discussed, but it’s???,” Del said. Rio. Tweeter Lily.

The video of the press conference circulated widely on social media. Some users said Del Rio should be fired and others have stood behind him.

Jonathan Allen, Commanders defensive tackle and team captain, told NBC4 Sports Washington that he doesn’t care about Del Rio’s opinion.

“I don’t care what his opinion is. As long as he shows up every day and works hard, that’s what I want from my defensive coordinator,” Allen said.




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