North Englewood, MD – The head coach of the newly-renamed Washington Commanders announced on Friday that he was fining his defensive coordinator $100,000 for calling the Capitol riot a “dust-up” in comparison to the “peaceful protests” that swept the nation after the death of George Floyd.
The controversy erupted when Commanders defensive coach Jack Del Rio posted a tweet during the Senate hearings that questioned why the events of Jan. 6, 2020 were under such scrutiny when nobody on Capitol Hill appeared to care about the riots after Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis police, WUSA reported.
“Would love to understand ‘the whole story’ about why the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed as this is???” Del Rio posted on a Twitter account that has since been de-activated.
He defended his tweet during a press conference on Wednesday, WUSA reported.
“People’s livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem,” Del Rio told reporters on June 8. “And then we have a dust-up at the Capitol, there’s nothing burned down… and we’re going to make that a major deal. I just think it’s kind of two standards.”
The defensive coach is not the first person to have made that comparison, but it was too much for the head coach of the desperate-to-be-seen-as-politically-correct team formerly known as the Washington Redskins, NBC News reported.
Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera took to social media on June 10 to express his disappointment with Del Rio.
Rivera called Del Rio’s comments “hurtful” and called the Capitol riot “an act of domestic terrorism.”
In the post, Rivera said that Del Rio had the right to express his opinion as an American but that his words had consequences.
“I want to make it clear that our organization will not tolerate any equivalency between those who demanded justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the actions of those on January 6 who sought to topple our government,” the coach wrote.
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) June 10, 2022
Del Rio ultimately apologized for his comments but that wasn’t enough for his boss, NBC News reported.
Rivera announced on June 10 that he was fining Del Rio $100,000 for his thoughtless comments.
He said the fine will be donated in its entirety to the U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund, NBC News reported.