“I made comments earlier today in referencing the attack that took place on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Referencing that situation as a dust-up was irresponsible and negligent and I am sorry.” Del Rio said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Del Rio apologized for the initial tweets, in which he compared the events of Jan. 6 to “the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property,” questioning why the latter doesn’t get as much attention. He asked to hear the “whole story” about the discrepancy.
“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,” he tweeted Monday.
He was asking a “simple question,” Del Rio told reporters at a Wednesday conference.
“Why are we not looking into those things? If we’re going to talk about it, why are we not looking into those things?” Del Rio said.
“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 going to make that a major deal.”
Commanders Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio:
“I can look at images on the 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 going to make that a major deal.” pic.twitter.com/99mF3uxUTD
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 8, 2022
Such action displays a double standard, according to Del Rio.
“I just think it’s kind of two standards, and if we apply the same standard and we’re going to be reasonable with each other, let’s have a discussion. That’s all it was. Let’s have a discussion,” he added.
While Del Rio apologized for calling Jan. 6 a dustup, he did not appear to apologize for all the sentiments in his remarks.
“I stand by my comments condemning violence in communities across the country. I say that while also expressing my support as an [American] citizen for peaceful protest in our country,” he tweeted. “I have fully support all peaceful protests in America. I love, respect, and support all my fellow coaches, players, and staff that I work with ad respect their views and opinions.”
The Washington Examiner reached out to the Commanders for comment but did not receive a response.