ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio defended a recent tweet comparing the protests following the death of George Floyd to the insurgency at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021
Asked about the tweet on Wednesday, Del Rio said of the summer 2020 protests, “People’s livelihoods are destroyed, businesses are burned down, no problem. “He then referred to the insurgency as ‘dust on Capitol Hill.’
Del Rio added: “Nothing burned, and we’re going to make it a major deal. I just think it’s kind of two standards.
His comments followed his Twitter posts on Monday night in which he said: ‘I would love to get the ‘full story’ as to why the summer of rioting, looting, fires and destruction of personal property n is never discussed, but it is ???” He was responding to a tweet about the Jan. 6 congressional hearings.
Del Rio and coach Ron Rivera say they’re not worried about how that opinion will pass among the players.
“If they are and they want to talk about it, I’d talk about it with anyone,” Del Rio said. “No problem. Anytime. But they’re not. I’m just expressing myself and I think all of us as Americans have a right to express ourselves, especially if you’re respectful. I’m respectful.
Cornerback Kendall Fuller, who is black, said he was unaware of Del Rio’s tweet. After a reporter read it to him, Fuller said, “I don’t have a reaction yet. If I have a reaction, a feeling, towards something, I will express it with him.
Del Rio, 59, has repeatedly posted conservative views on his verified Twitter account since joining Rivera’s Washington staff in 2020.
“Anything I say or write, I would be comfortable saying or writing in front of everyone I work with, players and coaches,” he said after off-season training. “I speak as an American. We have this ability. I love this country and I believe what I believe and I said what I wanted to say. From time to time, there are people who are offended by it. »
Del Rio played 11 seasons in the NFL as a linebacker from 1985 to 1995. He has coached in the league since 1997, including as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2011 and the Oakland Raiders from 2015 to 2017.
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