Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has apologized for calling the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol “dust.”
The longtime defensive coach and former player originally made the comment in a Twitter post while responding to a tweet from the Brookings Institution about upcoming hearings.
“I would love to get the ‘full story’ as to why the summer of rioting, looting, arson and destruction of personal property is never discussed, but is it?” Del Rio wrote.
I would like to understand “the whole story” about why the summer of riots, looting, fires and destruction of personal property is never discussed, but it is ???#Common sense
— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) June 7, 2022
Del Rio’s point, of course, was that the level of concern left for the summer of riots that left hundreds dead or hospitalized, thousands of homes and businesses ablaze and millions and millions of dollars in property damage lost, does not seem to match their level of concern over the relatively less serious riot in the US Capitol that took place on January 6.
On Wednesday, Del Rio doubled down on those remarks, saying he was simply “speaking” as he is entitled to.
DC Commanders Jack Del Rio on his recent tweet (https://t.co/odv7zr4BOn) during today’s media session
— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) June 8, 2022
However, media coverage of Del Rio’s main point about inconsistent levels of interest in the Floyd riots from Jan. 6 took precedence over his characterization of Jan. 6 as “dust.” After several hours of media backlash on social media, Del Rio issued an apology for calling the Capitol riot “dust.”
— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) June 8, 2022
It should be noted that Del Rio did not apologize for his statement about the lack of seriousness shown by Congress regarding the Floyd riots in relation to Jan. 6. Instead, he limited his apology to calling the Capitol riot “dust.”
It’s also worth noting that none of his players expressed any disappointment or anger towards him over his tweet. Defensive leader Jonathan Allen, for example, spoke of respect for differences of opinion.
Jon Allen’s comments on DC Jack Del Rio’s tweets ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/4ln6gG5ARV
— NBC Sports Commanders (@NBCSCommanders) June 8, 2022
Del Rio is entering his third season as defensive coordinator in Washington.