NAACP President: It’s time for Jack Del Rio to resign or be terminated

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On Wednesday night, Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio posted an apology on Twitter for referring to the January 6 insurrection as a “dustup at the Capitol.”

But Del Rio is still facing heavy criticism for his press conference remarks, which were in line with what he’s posted on the social media website for years.

On Thursday, NAACP President Derrick Johnson released a statement saying that Del Rio’s comments should cost him his job.

“It’s time for Jack Del Rio to resign or be terminated,” Johnson said. “His comments could not have been more offensive and ignorant. The January 6th insurrection — an attempted coup — was far from a “dust-up.” Each day we learn more and more on just how close our democracy came to autocracy. Downplaying the insurrection by comparing it to nationwide protests, which were in response to a public lynching, is twisted. You can’t coach a majority Black team while turning your back on the Black community. It’s time for you to pack up and step off the field.”

There’s been no indication from the Commanders that Del Rio’s job could be in jeopardy. But a Virginia state senator called Del Rio’s remarks “the nail in the coffin” to end a discussion of the franchise’s effort to secure public funding for a new stadium.

Though Washington was No. 2 in total defense and No. 4 in points allowed in 2020, the team fell to No. 22 in yards allowed and No. 25 in points allowed under Del Rio in 2021.

50 responses to “NAACP President: It’s time for Jack Del Rio to resign or be terminated

  1. what does the naacp have to do with any of this?
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    who are they to determine the employment status of anyone outside of their org?
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  2. As he’s a football coach and private citizen, let’s not get the pitchforks out for this. People are allowed to have thoughts and say things that don’t align with everyone else’s sense of decorum. I think Derrick Johnson should resign or be fired for suggesting that Del Rio should be.

  3. He should’ve been dealt with immediately. No place for him in the NFL. For some reason, the Riley Cooper’s of the league sneak under the radar.

    FIRE his ass!

  4. I am calling for NAACP President Derrick Johnson to resign or be terminated. Is this how it works when you don’t agree with what someone says? Did I do it right?

  5. 1. People have the right to peacefully protest, regardless of the reason and whether anyone else thinks it is justifiable or not.
    2. Violence and destruction of public property is wrong.

    This are such simple concepts but get lost on so many people for some reason, including apparently Del Rio and the NAACP.

  6. Can the entire team just be terminated? The only good thing they didn’t do in recent memory was trade for Watson.

  7. It is sickening. There’s groups out there who only approve of free speech, if it’s the same opinion they have.

  8. Everyone has a right to their opinion, including this guy. Whoever he is. Whether your opinion matters is another issue entirely and I really don’t see why his would in this particular instance.

  9. If it walks like an insurrection, talks like an insurrection, and smells like an insurrection, it’s an insurrection.

  10. Some people in society need some thicker skin. Jack exercised his 1st Amendment rights. If you don’t like it so what deal with it like an adult. Bet Johnson has said things others don’t like and just ignored it.

  11. Del Rio offered his commentary immediately after a practice in his role as a coach of the Washington Commanders. How can the public determine if his comments are his own or the official thoughts of the Washington Commanders?

    I can see how the Commanders can now openly question his judgement because its obvious he does not think about the consequences of his actions prior to speaking.

  12. theoriginalsurferbob says:
    June 9, 2022 at 3:06 pm
    It is sickening. There’s groups out there who only approve of free speech, if it’s the same opinion they have.

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    Ron DeSantis and the Florida legislature come to mind

  13. I think Jack needs to find the Tucker Carlson mute button on his TV. He is entitled to his opinion and also to keep said opinion to himself because it offends reasonable peoples sensibilities. Stick to coaching Jack ….and be quiet about controversial topscs.

  14. I completely and wholeheartedly disagree with what Jack Del Rio said, but this is a conversation America needs to have or we’ll remain divided. Forcing him out is wrong.

  15. Jack said absolutely nothing that had to do with skin color. NAACP???

  16. Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of what you said.

  17. I’m sure there are other coaches in the NFL who feel the same Del Rio does but they had the good sense not to go public their feelings. If he gets canned he has no one to blame but himself. I’d fire him not for what believes but for the poor judgment on his part.

  18. I wonder if there will ever be a time people actually understand what the 1st amendment actually means. You are free to say anything you want. The government can’t stop you or imprison you for your speech.
    Your employer however can do whatever they want in response, including fire you. That said, this doesn’t seem even close to egregious enough to warrant dismissal, Del Rio had an opinion that some people like and some people revile. How ’bout we just talk about it and see if we can find common ground. No?

  19. I’ll raise my hand for irresponsible but give me a break. If we can’t get rid of the demigogue who inspired the dust up what chance do you think they have of getting rid of Del Rio? If a protest (regardless of color) results in violence it’s absolutely reasonable to equate one to another. They serve as perfect examples of what not to do. The fact the NAACP can’t realize that speaks more about them than it does Del Rio.

  20. Jack has the right to free speech. That being said if his comment was truly “the nail in the coffin” that stopped the team from getting public funding for a new stadium, his employer has every right to fire him because he is now hurting their brand. Not as much as the owner is but still.

  21. Can we stop with the “only approve of free speech if you agree” nonsense? Nobody has ever advocated that the government should prevent people from exercising their free speech if it is not in agreement with whatever they don’t agree with.

  22. Where is all the backlash from whoever said about Jack, he is entitled to his opinion. Whether you agree with him or not. America is going down the tubes.

  23. Americans are a forgiving people, if he apologized just chill out.

  24. “If they don’t think the same as we do then cancel them!” That seems to be what people wanna do these days. It’s sad but it’s definitely the truth. I remember the old sticks and stones saying when I was a kid. Seems like it’s been lost on a generation or two.

  25. He’ll sue and get rich if the league is stupid enough to fire him for having opinions many Americans hold

  26. People canceled Kaepernick over kneeling, but won’t cancel this clown for minimizing traitorous actions lol

  27. I wonder how many of the people who are defending Del Rio’s right to “free speech” now also stood up for Colin Kaepernick the same way.

  28. No offense but an argument can be made that America is going down the tubes because people also refuse to understand that freedom of speech has always contained limitations and this has little or nothing to do with free speech. What Del Rio said is protected under that freedom. However, it could (and very likely does) violate company policy where the First Amendment does not limit private employers. Del Rio getting fired won’t be the result of any infringement on the First Amendment because that umbrella doesn’t cover private employers.

  29. whatisthis says:
    June 10, 2022 at 12:28 am
    People canceled Kaepernick over kneeling, but won’t cancel this clown for minimizing traitorous actions lol
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    Del Rio will be fired because he damaged the brand
    CK was not hired because he damaged the brand

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