Del Rio fined $100K for Floyd-Capitol comparison

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The Washington Commanders have fined defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 following his feedback earlier within the week referring to the occasions of Jan. 6, 2021, on the U.S. Capitol as a “dustup” whereas evaluating that day to “riots, looting, burning” throughout protests in the summertime of 2020.

In a press release, Washington coach Ron Rivera mentioned he met with Del Rio on Friday morning to specific his disappointment within the coordinator’s feedback.

“His feedback don’t replicate the group’s views and are extraordinarily hurtful to our nice group right here within the DMV,” Rivera mentioned. “As we noticed final evening within the hearings, what occurred on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was an act of home terrorism. A bunch of residents tried to overturn the outcomes of a free and honest election, and in consequence lives have been misplaced and the Capitol constructing was broken.”

The nice cash shall be donated to the U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Rivera mentioned.

Del Rio additionally will tackle the staff Tuesday, when the Commanders will start their obligatory three-day minicamp.

On Wednesday, Del Rio defended a reply he made on Twitter two days earlier, when he tweeted, “Would love to grasp ‘the entire story’ about why the summer time of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of private property isn’t mentioned however that is??? #CommonSense.”

Del Rio mentioned he felt there have been two requirements being utilized and that he was simply expressing his opinion. However in response to the ultimate query of his information convention, Del Rio referred to as the U.S. Capitol invasion a “dustup”, creating one other controversy for a franchise that did not want one.

He apologized in a press release later Wednesday saying, “Referencing that state of affairs as a dust-up was irresponsible and negligent and I’m sorry. I stand by my feedback condemning violence in communities throughout the nation. I say that whereas additionally expressing my assist as an American citizen for peaceable protest in our nation.”

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