“It is time for Jack Del Rio to resign or be terminated,” Johnson mentioned in a press release Thursday. “His comments could not have been more offensive and ignorant. The January 6th insurrection — an attempted coup — was far from a ‘dust-up.’ Each day we learn more and more on just how close our democracy came to autocracy. Downplaying the insurrection by comparing it to nationwide protests, which were in response to a public lynching, is twisted. You can’t coach a majority Black team while turning your back on the Black community. It’s time for you to pack up and step off the field.”
The Commanders didn’t instantly reply to a request for comment about Johnson’s assertion.
On Monday, Del Rio responded to a tweet by Norm Eisen of the Brookings Institution analysis group, wherein Eisen promoted a report forward of the Jan. 6 Committee’s hearings, scheduled to begin Thursday evening.
Del Rio tweeted: “Would love to understand ‘the whole story’ about why the summer of riots, looting, burning and destruction of personal property is never discussed but this is ??? #CommonSense.”
When requested about his tweet on Wednesday following an offseason apply session, Del Rio referred to the Capitol assault as “a dust-up,” elevating the ire of present and former gamers, followers and even elected officers.
“Really, let’s get right down to it. What did I ask? A simple question,” Del Rio informed reporters Wednesday. “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 Capitol. Nothing burned down, and we’re not going to talk about — we’re going to make that a major deal.”
The staff didn’t handle the matter on Wednesday, and Commanders Coach Ron Rivera declined to debate Del Rio’s tweets with reporters earlier within the day. Rivera mentioned he does “not necessarily” fear Del Rio’s tweets would have an effect on the locker room and if there was one thing to handle, he mentioned it could be handled as a “private matter.”
Del Rio issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday night and apologized for his feedback, stating that his reference of the Jan. 6 assault as a dust-up was “irresponsible and negligent.” He added: “I stand by my comments condemning violence in communities across the country,” he mentioned. “I say that while also expressing my support as an American citizen for peaceful protest in our country.”
But by then, two Virginia state senators — Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) and Jeremy S. McPike (D-Prince William) — mentioned they might not help a invoice authorizing a stadium authority and serving to lure the staff to Virginia. Surovell tweeted that the NFL’s “indifference & intolerence” to Del Rio’s feedback displays its “hypocrisy” and “makes clear to me that we won’t be seeing any more votes on stadium bills this year.”
A bunch of D.C. legislators mentioned on Thursday they’d not help bringing the staff to the District on the RFK Stadium web site, and Virginia Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) pulled the plug on the Commonwealth’s efforts, saying there’d be no vote on a stadium invoice this 12 months.
“This obviously was not very helpful, to put it mildly,” Saslaw informed The Post, referring to Del Rio’s feedback, “but there’s so many other things out there. There were just so many things out there that a lot of people are saying, ‘Saslaw, this thing needs to wait.’”
Over the final two years, the Commanders have been embroiled in a slew of controversies, stemming from allegations of sexual harassment and assault by former male staff, claims of monetary improprieties, an investigation into the potential unlawful disbursement of prescription painkillers by its former athletic coach, an ongoing probe by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on the staff’s office tradition and the NFL’s dealing with of it, in addition to one other pending investigation on current claims of sexual harassment towards Snyder.
The staff has additionally struggled to fill the stands at FedEx Field, final 12 months rating among the many league’s worst in dwelling attendance.