Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has had a busy week commenting on — and apologizing for remarks about — the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, which he initially downplayed as a “dust” from the riots across the country the previous summer. On Friday, his head coach, Ron Rivera, made him pay for it. Rivera sat down with Del Rio to express his disappointment with the latter’s remarks, then announced in a team statement that he fined the defensive coordinator $100,000, which will be donated to the US Capitol Police Memorial Fund.
“(Coach Del Rio’s) comments do not reflect the views of the organization and are extremely hurtful to our great DMV community,” Rivera said. “As we saw last night during the (Congressional) hearings, what happened on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 was an act of domestic terrorism. A group of citizens attempted to overturn the results of a free and fair election, and as a result lives were lost and the Capitol building was damaged.
“Coach Del Rio apologized for his comments on Wednesday and he understands the distinction between the events of this somber day and the peaceful protests, which are a hallmark of our democracy,” Rivera continued. “He has the right to speak his mind as a citizen of the United States and it is certainly his constitutional right to do so. However, words have consequences and his words hurt a lot of people in our community. I want make it clear that our organization will not tolerate any equivalence between those who sought justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the actions of those who, on January 6, sought to overthrow our government.”
Following Rivera’s fine and comments, Del Rio deleted his twitter account.
Del Rio’s first remarks came Monday, when he responded to a tweet about the Jan. 6 hearings, asking why the Capitol storming is more talked about than “the summer of rioting, looting, burning and destruction of personal property”. He doubled down on his criticism at a press conference on Wednesday, suggesting the destructive protests after the 2020 killing of George Floyd are being ignored when the Jan. 6 insurgency was not a “big deal”.
His fine will contribute to the USCP Memorial Fund, which was established by Congress as an official means for the public to support the families of Capitol Police officers killed in the line of duty and/or officers who have suffered serious damage in the performance of their duties. wounds.