May 24, 2022; Asburn, VA, USA; Washington Commanders defensive tackle Jonathan Allen speaks with the media after practice during OTAs at The Park in Ashburn. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

When Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio came out with his controversial opinion about what happened in the nation’s capital on January 6th, 2020, many, including the NAACP, were calling for his resignation.

Del Rio said that what happened that day was just a “dustup at the capital” which angered a lot of current and former NFL players, as well as others.

But one player that didn’t seem to be bothered by the comments was Commander’s defensive tackle Jonathan Allen. Although Allen didn’t say he supported what Del Rio said, he does, however, support the right for him to say it.

“Me personally, I don’t care about his opinion,” Allen told JP Finlay of on Wednesday. “As long as he shows up every day and he works hard, that’s what I want from my defensive coordinator.

“In my opinion, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” Allen continued. “Some guys decide to share it on Twitter; some guys don’t. It doesn’t make one person better than the other. At the end of the day, you can have a difference in opinion and still respect one another. I feel like that’s what our country is about. That’s what our team is about.

Allen knows all too well what happens when you put your foot in your mouth on social media. He had to apologize earlier this year for comments he made praising Adolph Hitler.

Del Rio would later apologize for his comments as well.

The team has not released a statement or announced any punishment that Del Rio might receive.


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