Commanders’ Ron Rivera fines defense coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 for comments on the Jan. 6 riots

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Commanders' Ron Rivera fines defense coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 for comments on the Jan. 6 riots

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Head Coach of the Washington Commanders This was announced by Ron Rivera on Friday that defense coordinator Jack Del Rio was fined $100,000 after Del Rio compared the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol to the 2020 riots following the death of George Floyd.

“I met with Coach Del Rio this morning to express how disappointed I am with his comments on Wednesday,” Rivera said in a statement. “His comments do not reflect the views of the organization and are extremely hurtful to our amazing community here at DMV.

“As we saw at the hearings last night, what happened on the Capitol 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 was damaged.

“Coach Del Rio has apologized for his comments on Wednesday and he understands the difference between the events of that dark day and the peaceful protests that are a hallmark of our democracy.”

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Head Coach Ron Rivera of the Washington Commanders during practice at the INOVA Sports Performance Center on June 8, 2022 in Ashburn, Virginia.
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Del Rio did issue an apology on Wednesday, which Rivera conceded in Friday’s statement, but Rivera said “words mean words” and fined Del Rio $100,000.

“I want to be clear that our organization will not tolerate equivalence between those who called for justice after the murder of George Floyd and the actions on January 6th of those who attempted to overthrow our government,” Rivera’s statement continued.

“After considering the situation and circumstances, I have decided to fine Coach Del Rio $100,000, which the team will donate to the United States Capitol Memorial Fund.”

On Monday, Del Rio responded to a story on Twitter about the committee’s upcoming Jan. 6 hearings.

Washington Commanders Defense Coordinator Jack Del Rio speaks to the media after practice at the team's training facility in Ashburn, Virginia, June 8, 2022.

Washington Commanders Defense Coordinator Jack Del Rio speaks to the media after practice at the team’s training facility in Ashburn, Virginia, June 8, 2022.
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“Would like to understand ‘the whole story’ of why the summer of rioting, looting, arson and destruction of personal property is never discussed, but this is???” DelRio wrote on Twitter.

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On Wednesday, Del Rio explained his tweet to reporters, the video of which made the rounds on social media.

“I just asked a simple question. Let’s get straight to the point,” Del Rio said on Wednesday. “What did I ask? A simple question. Why don’t we examine these things – when we talk about them – why don’t we examine these things? Because it’s kind of hard for me to say, I can’t Look at it realistically, I see the pictures on TV, people’s existence is being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem.

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Washington Commanders Defense Coordinator Jack Del Rio walks between his defenders as they warm up during practice in Ashburn, Virginia June 8, 2022.

Washington Commanders Defense Coordinator Jack Del Rio walks between his defenders as they warm up during practice in Ashburn, Virginia June 8, 2022.
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“And then we have a dust sample in the Capitol. Nothing burned down. And we’re going to make a big deal out of it. I just think it’s two standards. And if we apply the same standard, and we’re about to be reasonable with each other, let’s have a discussion. That’s all. Let’s have a discussion.

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DelRio joined the commanders as defensive coordinator in 2020.

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