Washington Commanders DC Coach Jack Del Rio learned quickly that an open discussion about the events of January 6 will not be permitted by the woke left, and rather than defend what was widely seen as reasonable questions ahead of the House Select Committee’s prime time hearing on the so-called “insurrection,” he took the path of least resistance and promptly caved.
Responding Monday to an article about the Jan. 6 committee’s first public hearing, set to air on Thursday evening, Del Rio asked a “common sense” question that sparked a three-day Twitter storm.
“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 tweeted, adding the hashtag, “#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
— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) June 7, 2022
At a team minicamp press conference on Wednesday, Del Rio defended his tweet.
“Let’s get right down to it,” he 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? ‘Cause, 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 Capitol — nothing burned down… And we’re going to make that a major deal.”
“I just think –it’s kind of, we’ve got two standards,” he continued. “And if we apply the same standard and we’re going to be reasonable with these gentlemen, let’s have a discussion.”
Washington Commanders Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio says there are “two standards” between Black Lives Matter protests and January 6th:
“We have a dust-up at the Capitol, nothing burned down, and we’re gonna make that a major deal.” pic.twitter.com/Nd5pd0mhTc
— The Recount (@therecount) June 8, 2022
The backlash was immediate from the kinds of small accounts that often trigger troll/bot-allegations.
“Lol bet they regret giving him a mic,” responded one user with 53 followers.
“That’s soon-to-be former-Defensive-Coordinator Jack Del Rio,” tweeted another account that boasts just 46 followers.
“I wonder how the African American players on his team are going to take that statement,” said a user with a whopping 6 followers. “He’s basically criminalizing the BLM protests.”
Lol bet they regret giving him a mic
— Ksk (@kk14261) June 9, 2022
That’s soon-to-be former-Defensive-Coordinator Jack Del Rio.
— Rabbit of Caerbannog (@RCaerbannog) June 8, 2022
I wonder how the African American players on his team are going to take that statement. He’s basically criminalizing the BLM protests
— Memo Ramirez (@elmeminho) June 8, 2022
Larger “blue check” accounts, like that of rapper Chuck D, swept in to amplify the message: Those who question the narrative should be silenced.
“Lolololol,” he tweeted. “Everybody shouldn’t get the mic.”
Lolololol Everybody shouldn’t get the mic
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) June 8, 2022
And with that kind of pressure, Del Rio’s common sense imploded.
Mere hours after his statement to the press, he issued an apology.
“I made comments earlier today in referencing the attack that took place on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021,” the coach tweeted. “Referencing that situation as a dust-up was irresponsible and negligent and I am sorry.”
Del Rio attempted to hold onto at least some shred of his integrity.
“I stand by my comments condemning violence in communities across the country,” he insisted. “I say that while also expressing my support as an American citizen for peaceful protest in our country. I have fully supported all peaceful protests in America.”
And in case any of his colleagues were triggered by his previous statement, Del Rio wants them to know how much they matter.
“I love, respect, and support all my fellow coaches, players, and staff that I work with and respect their views and opinions,” he pledged.
— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) June 8, 2022
While he may have learned that “common sense” doesn’t pay online, it appears that Del Rio has yet to learn any lessons from those who have bowed to woke mobs before him.
Florida sports radio station 96.9 The Game is running a Twitter poll asking, “Do you think Washington Commanders defensive coordinator #JackDelRio is a total buffoon or a voice of reason for portraying the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as merely a ‘dust-up?'”
With 22 hours left to respond, 58% have, so far, declared Del Rio a “buffoon.”
OPEN MIKE SUPPLEMENTAL POLL NO. 1: Do you think Washington Commanders defensive coordinator #JackDelRio is a total buffoon or a voice of reason for portraying the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as merely a “dust-up?”
— 96.9 The Game (@969thegame) June 9, 2022
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