Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio deleted his Twitter account Saturday following last week’s incendiary comments about the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Del Rio first commented about the insurrection on Twitter, comparing it to the George Floyd protests, which he called “riots.” He later doubled down while speaking to the media, saying that they have double standards when it comes to covering the two situations.
“Let’s get right down to it, what did I ask?” Del Rio said. “A simple question: Why are we not looking into those things? Because it’s kind of hard for me to say I can realistically look at it, I see the images on TV, people’s livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down-no problem.
“And then we have a dustup at the Capitol, nothing burned down and we’re gonna make that a major deal. I just think it’s kind of two standards.”
Jack Del Rio fined for comments
During the January 6 insurrection, four people died and the Capitol suffered $1.5 million in damages. There were over 725 arrests and more than 225 people were charged with a crime, while 140 police officers were assaulted, according to the United States Department of Justice.
Del Rio, who issued an apology for his comments on social media, was fined $100,000 by Commanders head coach Ron Rivera. After issuing an apology on his Twitter account, Del Rio has now deleted the social media application and could likely face future repercussions.
“I made comments earlier today in referencing the attack that took place on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021,” Del Rio wrote. “Referencing that situation as a dust-up was irresponsible and negligent and I am sorry.”
The team pledged to donate that money to the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund. Rivera, meanwhile, issued a statement condemning Del Rio’s comments.
“His comments do not reflect the organization’s views and are extremely hurtful to our great community here in the DMV,” Rivera said.