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Jack Del Rio’s Right to Free Speech Includes the Right to Get Checked

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At the start of last week, Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio decided to not stick to sports.

Instead, he injected politics into sports by first bringing up the protests (from his now deleted Twitter account) after George Floyd’s murder in response to a tweet about the upcoming January 6th hearings.

A few days later he doubled down on his ignorance by equating the attempted coup on January 6th to a “dust up.”

“I can look at images on the TV [of the Floyd protests] — people’s livelihoods are being destroyed. Businesses are being burned down. No problem,” said Del Rio. “And then we have a dust-up 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.”

Afterward, Del Rio issued an apology (from his now-deleted Twitter account), but only in respect to his “dust up” comment.

“Referencing that situation as a dust-up was irresponsible and negligent and I am sorry,” tweeted Del Rio. “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.”

To be fair, Jack Del Rio has the right to say what he wants and the right to say what he feels.

But guess what.

That right comes with consequences.

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