Sep 13, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera talks with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons as of late.

The long-time coach has caught a ton of flak for his comments regarding the January 6 insurrection at the U.S Capitol, which he called a “dust-up.”  That event resulted in the death of seven people.

Del Rio later apologized for his comments, calling his choice of words “irresponsible and negligent”.

The problem with this is that Del Rio’s rant started when talking about national protests regarding inequality. He doubled down with his “dustup” comments. He clearly meant what he said.

Now, Commanders’ head coach Ron Rivera has decided to penalize his defensive coordinator. Rivera released a statement on Friday revealing that he has fined Del Rio $100,000, with the proceeds going to the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

“This morning I met with Del Rio to express how disappointed I am in his comments on Wednesday. His comments do not reflect the Organization’s views and are extremely hurtful to our greater community here in the DMV. As we saw last night in our hearings, what happened on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was an act of domestic terrorism.”

“He does have the right to voice his opinion as a citizen of the United States and it most certainly is his constitutional right to do so. However, words have consequences and his words hurt a lot of people in our community. I want to make it clear that our organization will not tolerate any equivalency between those who demanded justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the actions of those on January 6 who sought to topple our government.”

This decision by Rivera has certainly garnered a ton of reactions around the NFL world, with many praising the Commanders head coach for penalizing Del Rio.

It is definitely interesting that this fine is said to have come from Rivera, and not from  the Commanders’ organization overall or owner Dan Snyder. Snyder is certainly going through his own controversies at the moment, facing both sexual harassment allegations within the organization as well as allegations of financial improprieties.

This organization’s dysfunction has already come back to cost them, with their bid for a new stadium being dismissed on Thursday due to “too many issues and controversies surrounding the team for legislation to proceed.”

The bottom line is that the Commanders organization is a dumpster fire. It looks like Rivera may be the only piece worth salvaging in Washington.

[Adam Schefter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.