Shocking comments from NFL coach Jack Del Rio… who just called the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol “a dust-up.”
The Washington Commanders defensive coordinator made the remarks during a meeting with media members on Wednesday — in an attempt to explain his controversial post on his Twitter page earlier this week.
If you missed it, in a tweet on Monday, the 59-year-old questioned why the 2020 riots following George Floyd‘s murder were not being investigated with the same fervor as the January 2021 attack at the Capitol.
“Would love to understand ‘the whole story’ about why the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed but this is ???,” he wrote. “#CommonSense.”
Would love to understand “the whole story “ about why the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed but this is ???#CommonSense
Del Rio elaborated further on his tweet to reporters at Commanders practice Wednesday … making comments that raised eyebrows.
“Let’s get right down to it,” Del Rio said. “What did I ask? A simple question — why are we not looking into those things if we’re going to talk about it. 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 dust-up at the capital, where nothing burned down. And we’re going to make that a major deal.”
FYI — the insurrection, which occurred following the results of the 2020 election, resulted in the deaths of five individuals.
“I just think it’s kind of two standards,” Del Rio continued. “And if we apply the same standard, and we’re going to be reasonable with each other, let’s have a discussion. That’s all it was. Let’s have a discussion. We’re Americans. Let’s talk it through.”
Del Rio, who posts polarizing opinions on his social media page daily, insisted his players are not concerned by his comments … but added, “If they are, and they want to talk about it, I’ll talk about it with anybody.”
“I’m for us having a great opportunity to have a fulfilled life,” he said.
Del Rio was hired by the Commanders following the 2019-20 NFL season. He previously worked as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders.