Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio made headlines on Tuesday when he responded to a tweet about the upcoming January 6 committee public hearing by saying he’d love to hear “the whole story “ about “why the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed,” referring to the overwhelmingly peaceful social justice protests from 2020.
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
Defending a violent incursion into the U.S. Capitol as part of a larger effort to overturn elections by saying that it wasn’t as bad as a national protest movement against inequality doesn’t quite add up and many on social media took Del Rio to task over the notion.
1000s of police were assaulted and 5 Americans lost their lives on 1/6. We need to know exactly what happened so we can prevent it from ever happening again. @coachdelrio You are a defensive coach–how about defending our democracy ? Our report is here https://t.co/61mUw4qv8C https://t.co/7oLxs1Q2Sx
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) June 7, 2022
Del Rio spoke with reporters on Wednesday and was asked about his comments, starting with whether or not his comments could impact his interactions with Commanders players.
— Chris Russell AKA the 🐓🐓! (@Russellmania621) June 8, 2022
As for whether his players might have concerns about his opinion, Del Rio said he’s an open book and would be happy to talk about it with anybody before launching into a more detailed explanation of his thoughts.
Commanders DC Jack Del Rio on his recent tweet (https://t.co/odv7zr4BOn) at today's media session
— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) June 8, 2022
“Let’s get right down to it,” Del Rio said, via NBC4. “What did I ask? A simple question. Why are we not looking into those things, if we’re gonna talk about [January 6], 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 dustup at the Capitol, nothing burned down. And we’re gonna make that a major deal.”
Del Rio is, of course, offering up a false equivalency. The “why aren’t we talking about X” argument is a classic “whataboutism” device used when you don’t want the thing you agree with to be poked and prodded. It’s not too dissimilar to Aaron Rodgers asking why we don’t have debates about COVID vaccines.
Those debates and discussions happened, they just didn’t like the answers and refused to accept them, therefore, to them, the “debate” isn’t over.
As for referring to it as a “dustup,” that is one helluva to downplay the violent events of a day that led to seven people losing their lives. And when you look at all of the footage, photos, and recollections of that day, that kind of description doesn’t hold up either. It’s a crass a pathetic deflection from the truth.
To no one’s surprise, though Del Rio seems like the kind of person who will pretend to be surprised, his latest comments caused a “dustup” on social media.
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) June 8, 2022
this seems like a good way to endear yourself to your local fans in….*checks notes*… Washington DC https://t.co/RJ8zgIlHp3
— Shiv Ramdas Traing To Rite Buk (@nameshiv) June 8, 2022
anyone in "let's have a discussion" mode on this has already made a very deliberate choice to never have this discussion https://t.co/g8mmThgfeg
— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) June 8, 2022
Between his recent tweets and today's media session, JDR is digging himself a huge hole. https://t.co/ssVbqmDqI2
— Riggo's Rag (@RiggosRag) June 8, 2022
Sometimes in all of the argument over "stick to sports" and "shut up and dribble," we lose sight of what should be the real standard: Don't be a moron https://t.co/zBp5HkdQqO
— Jason Schwartz (@JasonSchwartz) June 8, 2022
Did anyone bring up the people and officers who died during and just after the “dustup?” https://t.co/kbrgvfXWQA
— Jane McManus (@janesports) June 8, 2022
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) June 8, 2022
Trying to put this delicately — but is Jack Del Rio an idiot? https://t.co/DQ7QscTpSn
— Patrick Sheldon (@P_Shels) June 8, 2022
The Commanders are a disaster of a franchise so who knows if they’ll step in at some point here. But otherwise, we have to imagine someone from the NFL is going to have to comment on this soon.