Washington Commanders Coach Calls Riot a “Dust Up”

Washington’s defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio, alleges there are “two standards” for BLM protesters and those that participated in an insurrection on January 6, 2021 to prevent the peaceful transfer of power — the most basic tenet of American democracy.

Del Rio is quoted as saying:

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 dust-up at the Capital, nothing burned down, and we’re going to make that a major deal. I just think it’s kind of two standards.

Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator for the Washington Commanders football team

Del Rio, you’re right, in that it’s two standards. One action was to protest the murder of innocent Blacks in this country, and the other was to overthrow that country’s government. If you can’t see the differences that are patently obvious to anyone with a brain, maybe that explains why your defenses can’t stop anyone from scoring.

Reducing the Jan. 6 horror — lawmakers and their staffs bracing against doors and scrambling through hallways as an armed mob broke through barriers and blockades — to “a dust-up” in which “nothing burned down” is one level of misjudgment on which Del Rio doubled down Wednesday. But tying it in with the rioting that followed the murder of a Black man at the hands of police — a death that followed so many others like it — is so offensive that it borders on disqualifying.

Barry Syrluga, Columnist w/The Washington Post

The Commanders organization has promoted several minorities to leadership positions in recent years, including the Team President, Jason Wright. It’ll be interesting to see how they respond.