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On Friday, Ron Rivera, head coach of the Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jacques del Rio was fined $100,000 for his comments at the beginning of Del Rio week earlier, comparing the January 6, 2021, riots in the US Capitol with the riots in 2020 following the death of George Floyd.
Following the news that Del Rio was fined, NFL Hall of Fame et Reid He expressed his thoughts on Twitter, saying the fine was too light for a sentence.
“Today, I’m sick and tired! A dust! 100,000 is not enough, there is no money To a person who is recycled through training, “Reid tweeted on Saturday morning. If you are a coach, wear your pants! It’s simple right and wrong, wrong. ”
Jan 6 rebellion
In a statement issued by the commanders on Friday, Rivera del Rio expressed disappointment at the comments.
“I met coach Del Rio this morning and on Wednesday I expressed how disappointed I was in his comments,” Rivera said. Said in a statement. “His comments do not reflect the views of the organization and are very hurtful to our large community in DMK.
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“As we saw in the trial last night, What happened in Capitol on January 6, 2021, Is an act of domestic terrorism. A group of citizens tried to change the outcome of a free and fair election, resulting in the loss of lives and damage to the Capitol building. “
On Wednesday, Del Rio spoke to reporters about a tweet he released earlier this week about the upcoming Jan. 6 committee hearings. In a tweet, Del Rio asked why the 2020 riots were not treated like the riots in Capitol.
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“I asked a simple question. Let’s go for it,” Del Rio said Said Wednesday. “What did I ask? A simple question. Why do we not see those things – if we’re going to talk about it – why do we not see those things? Because I’m hard to say, look at the reality as I can, I watch movies on TV, people’s livelihoods are destroyed, businesses are burned, no problem.
“Then we’ve got a dust on the Capitol. Nothing’s burned. We’re going to make a big deal out of it. I think it’s two standards. If we use the same standard, we’re going to be fair to each other, have a discussion, that’s all.
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Del Rio apologized Wednesday after releasing his comments to reporters, but Rivera still felt the need for a fine.
“I want to make it clear that our system does not tolerate any equality among those who seek justice Following the assassination of George Floyd And the actions of those who tried to overthrow our government on January 6,” Rivera’s statement continued.
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“After thinking about the situation and circumstances, I decided to impose a $100,000 fine on coach Del Rio, which will be donated to the Team United States Capital Memorial Fund.”
Del Rio has been the defensive coordinator in Washington since 2020 after serving as head coach of the Jaguars and Oakland Riders in Jacksonville.