May 31, 2022; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio stands on the field during Commanders OTAs at The Park in Ashburn. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, the first public hearing by the committee investigating the insurrection against the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, will take place. There’s likely to be a lot of evidence presented about the attempted coup that allegedly involved extremely high-up members of the U.S. government.

It remains to be seen if the evidence presented at the hearings changes any minds about what happened, why it happened, and whether or not there should be punishments for those involved or who instigated it. But in the meantime, you can count Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio among those who don’t agree with the Congressional hearings and their quest for truth.

The former NFL player and current coach responded to a tweet by Norm Eisen of the Brookings Institute 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.

Del Rio, who coaches a team made up of predominantly Black athletes in a league that is predominantly Black, then seems to scoff at the notion that he was making a false equivalency regarding Black Lives Matter protests.

Pro Football Talk reached out to the Commanders for comment and they had none. However, there were plenty of comments from the NFL and politics world in response to Del Rio’s thoughts.

The 59-year-old former Jaguars and Raiders head coach has been eschewing conservative talking points and politics for years, so these comments aren’t surprising.

[Audacy, Pro Football Talk]

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