Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio caught heat for his controversial comments at mandatory minicamp. At least a couple of current and former Seattle Seahawks players reacted publicly, calling out the long-time NFL coach.
Del Rio was asked about a recent tweet during his minicamp press conference, when he asked why the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol was getting more attention than protests that occurred in the wake of the death of George Floyd. In his response, Del Rio downplayed the events of January 6th, calling the event a “dustup”.
“I can look at images on the TV, people’s livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem,” Del Rio said according to John Keim with ESPN.com. “And then we have a dustup at the Capitol, nothing burned down, and we’re going to make that a major deal. 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.”
Current and Former Seahawks React to Del Rio
Del Rio’s comments elicited passionate responses across the NFL, including some from a couple of current and former Seahawks stars.
Former Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin Jr. took to Twitter to share his thoughts, calling Del Rio an “ignorant, ignorant man”.
Jack Del Rio is an ignorant, ignorant man. And that is as loving and respectful as I can put it.
— Doug Baldwin Jr 🌹 (@DougBaldwinJr) June 8, 2022
“Protesting against the murder of someone is not the same as attempting a coup because you didn’t get your way in an election,” Baldwin added in the following tweet. “Not saying vandalism is ok but lets not try to pretend these are the same”
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While Baldwin provided some more detailed thoughts on Del Rio’s comments, current Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs simply responded via Twitter with the clown emoji to express his own feelings.
— Nino (@qdiggs6) June 8, 2022
One of Seattle’s newest players in former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Shelby Harris tweeted that he “wasn’t surprised” that Del Rio made the comments that he did. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett simply responded with “ …read more