The Washington Commanders stated on Friday that defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has been fined $100,000 for statements he made this week about the breach of the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.
Ron Rivera, the Commanders’ head coach, issued the following statement:
Rivera called Del Rio’s comments “extremely hurtful” and noted that the $100,000 will be donated to the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.
Per ESPN’s John Keim, Del Rio tweeted Monday in response to a tweet about the Jan. 6 hearings: “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.”
When asked to explain his comments Wednesday, Del Rio told reporters:
“Why are we not looking into those things—if we’re going to talk about it—why are we not looking into those things? I can look at images on the TV, people’s livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem. And then we have a dustup at the Capitol, nothing burned down, and we’re going to make that a major deal. I just think it’s kind of two standards, 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.”
After facing backlash, Del Rio apologized:
Five people were killed during and after the insurgency, including a Capitol police officer.
The breach and the events leading up to the insurgency on Jan. 6 are being investigated by a House select committee, which is looking into whether former President Donald Trump played a role in inciting the riot after repeatedly claiming that the 2020 presidential election was rigged in favor of winning candidate Joe Biden.
Del Rio, 59, has been the Commanders’ defensive coordinator since 2020, following stints in the NFL as a defensive coordinator and head coach.
Del Rio began coaching in 1997 after 11 seasons as a linebacker with the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, and Minnesota Vikings.
From 2003 to 2011, Del Rio was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and from 2015 to 2017, he was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
As a head coach, Del Rio is 93-94 with three postseason appearances. He also won a Super Bowl as the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2000.