Commanders have no comment on Jack Del Rio’s tweet regarding January 6 hearing

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On Thursday night, the committee investigating the insurrection that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 will hold its first public hearing. There are indications that the objective evidence systematically harvested by the committee will reveal, in overwhelming fashion, an attempted coup that potentially extended to the highest levels of the then-sitting American government.

Like every other question currently percolating through our nation, there are two sides. Regardless of whether there should be.

Among those who are both-sidesing one of the most harrowing and troubling events in American history is Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. In response to a tweet suggesting that Americans need to know the whole story of January 6, Del Rio said this: “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.”

First of all, the events of the summer of 2020 aren’t “never discussed.” They are discussed, primarily by those who believe that the organic reaction to police violence against minorities equates to a calculated, strategic, and sustained effort to sell a lie to the American public about the outcome of the 2020 election — and then to use a combination of Constitutional chicanery and brute force to overturn the will of the people.

Second, there’s a real difference between disorganized mayhem and a calculated assault on the seat of governmental power during the process of certifying a presidential election, at the express urging of elected officials and those aligned with them.

What happened on January 6 is precisely what many had feared in the weeks preceding it. It was in many ways worse than expected. It was in many other ways better than it could have been.

Regardless, the two dynamics are very different. And Del Rio’s effort to obscure the process of getting to the truth about January 6 by playing the what-about game regarding the summer of 2020 is disingenuous and harmful to the process of discerning the events that culminated in an assault on the U.S. Capitol.

I asked the Commanders if they have any reaction to Del Rio’s tweet. The team has no comment, for now.

Del Rio is entitled to his opinion (and we’re entitled to say his opinion is misguided), but he’s not entitled to his facts. Every American should be interested in setting aside partisan politics and listening to the evidence that the committee has developed, with an open mind and the best interests of the country at heart.

Regardless of political persuasion, no one should want to see a repeat of January 6. To best ensure that it doesn’t happen again, we need to know what happened, how it happened, and why it happened. If the violence, which entailed vicious assaults on multiple members of law enforcement, was incited or in any way coordinated by governmental officials, they should be held accountable.

If we can’t agree on that basic fact, then maybe America isn’t in danger of falling. Maybe it already has.

38 responses to “Commanders have no comment on Jack Del Rio’s tweet regarding January 6 hearing

  1. Trying to subvert an election in a democracy is about as serious as it gets. One side says “They cheated” but hasn’t been able to show much if any proof. The other side says “They tried to change it” and have things on film along with other records. If you listen with an open mind it should terrify you how close we came to having the will of the people overthrown. And it could happen again in two years. My father has been a Republican for as long as I can remember, but his comment after the events of January 6 were “You don’t do that ****. Not in this country.”

  2. Well said. We live in a culture of whataaboutism that desperately tries to obscure the truth. Lying has become weaponized and we should never accept it and must call it what it is…

  3. “Commanders have no comment on Jack Del Rio’s tweet regarding January 6 hearing”
    The Commanders only wish this was their biggest problem

  4. It’s shocking that Del Rio doesn’t understand that each of these topics is mutually exclusive. Protesting is a protected right, looting is not nor is an insurrection.

  5. This is typical of the Snyder regime! Losing games and fansfor decades under him and he brings in a staff where Rivera and Del Rio hire their own sons and promote them to senior assistents this year and Del Rio is sympathetic to insurrectionists who tried to overthrow our government! That big W on the helmenst stands for Washington, D.C.; which is still supposed to be the capitol of the world’s greatest Democracy, whether Del Rio gets that or not!

  6. During the 1987 strike Del Rio beat up NFL great Otis Taylor in the parking lot at Arrowhead. I’m embarrassed he ever played for the Chiefs but I sure loved him when he was coaching the Raiders.

  7. America has not failed yet, and we are actually in a good position to work from regarding most issues, so we are not far away from major improvements.

  8. The problem is most people just don’t care about what happened on January 6th. If gov’t was behind it or not, to most people it’s just some idiots causing trouble. Throw them jail. Next news story. Whether it’s right or wrong, it seemingly has no effect on day to day life so who cares? Even the care about the war in Ukraine as suffered the same fate…yesterday’s news

    More people worried about inflation and price of gas & food.

  9. I’m sure that will go over well in the locker room with the players. Well said Mike,

  10. Coach Del Rio might get a few sideways looks from some of his defensive players. JS

  11. One thing for sure coach Del Rio will speak his mind and I respect that about him.

  12. The police should have drawn weapons and a line to squash the Jan 6 debacle. They also should have handled the destruction and looting of the summer. By the way, that was calculated and organized as well. Both political sides are at fault here. We need to be ready to call out any and everyone who steps out of line. Don’t just pick a side and defend one and condemn the other. Both are at fault. Judge each incident on the facts that pertain to it.

  13. All the ‘thumbs down’ on the comments explains a lot about why Jan. 6th happened.

  14. JDL should be fired for being a @#$@# bag how can the black players respect a trump wanna be .

  15. Whataboutism to cover for an insurrection, awesome. It’s crazy how this Trumpkin scum trot out every Tucker Carlson talking point to make excuses for traitors and seditionists and then anoint themselves the most patriotic creatures on earth.

    Shameful. This is what we get for coddling the Confederacy.

  16. If you don’t see two separate systems of justice between the two events you are just not looking. They arrested Peter Navarro, a Trump advisor who was no where near the Capitol on 1/6 and frog marched him in leg irons and handcuffs. His crime? Following established protocol regarding executive privilege. By the way, he offered to come to the FBI office which is 50 yards from where he lives but they waited and arrested him at the airport in a purposeful public display. Wake up and realize the DOJ has been weapon used and we are acting like a banana republic.

  17. Hey Del Rio I’d like to ask you one simple thing, What about Ben’s Ghazi? Tell me what’s up with that huh.

  18. Del Rio is trying to get fired like Costanza dragging world series trophies around the Yankee Stadium parking lot.

  19. How about they’re both extremely serious but trying to downplay the riots as “well, people were upset because of social injustices” is not cool.

  20. Mike –

    Have been following your content for years. Don’t always agree with you, but appreciate your effort & your passion.

    This piece, however….. wow. I have never previously posted comments on any blog nor any board, until today. After reading your article, I immediately registered so I could personally thank you for sharing your observations. The most incisive & cogent summary I’ve yet read, thank you.

    I don’t know JDR, & will not judge the man on his recent comments alone, but he is far from the only person erroneously conflating dissimilar events and trying to parse out commonalities that don’t exist. If JDR’s mea culpa is sincere & genuine, then so be it, he is the person that made the statements & he can deal with the consequences.

    JDR’s comments aside, thank you Mike for highlighting the hypocrisy so toxically prevalent in so many of these discussions, & thanks for your keen & concise take on the big picture & the larger issues. Well said, sir.

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