Clay Travis: “Jack Del Rio was fined $100,000 for asking why January 6th is being treated differently from when we had months and months of riots. Sports have gone fully ‘woke’ but here we have a direct penalty being assessed on Jack Del Rio for sharing his personal opinion about the current political process.
[Reading Commanders head coach Ron Rivera’s statement on Del Rio]: ‘Coach Del Rio did apologize for his comments on Wednesday and he understands the distinction between the events of that dark day and peaceful protests, which are a hallmark of our democracy.’ He does have the right to voice his opinion as a citizen of the United States and it most certainly is his constitutional right to do so. However, words have consequences and his words hurt a lot of people in our community. I want to make it clear that our organization will not tolerate any equivalency between those who demanded justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the actions of those on Jan. 6 who sought to topple our government. I feel strongly that after our conversation this morning, he will have a greater understanding of the impact of his language and the values that our team stands for.’
This is unbelievable propaganda coming out of Washington. Colin Kaepernick didn’t get fined a dollar for protesting in uniform at work. Jack Del Rio got fined for sharing his opinions comparing January 6th to the riots that took place throughout the entire summer. I want to make this clear: the Black Lives Matter riots caused 30 deaths, 2,000 police injuries, and $2 billion in damages. These were not ‘mostly peaceful protests.’ These were largely violent protests and nobody has conducted any kind of investigation to determine how did all of these riots happen in the summer of 2020, and who was behind instigating them. The idea that you cannot point out that all summer long a far more violent series of protests, hundreds of them, causing more deaths, more destruction, and more injuries to police than anything that happened on January 6th. You’re not even allowed to share that opinion without being fined $100,000? Which is probably a pretty substantial portion of Jack Del Rio’s overall salary. Where are the people who said athletes have the right to share their political opinions without any consequences? To my knowledge, no athlete has ever been fined for having a left-wing political opinion, even if he expresses it in uniform and at work. This is unbelievable propaganda from Ron Rivera and the Commanders franchise. Jack Del Rio actually apologized but I don’t think he should have. I don’t think he said anything that was wrong. How is it that nobody else in the world of sports has been penalized in terms of being fined for sharing their political opinions and Jack Del Rio did? It’s hard to argue that this is anything other than content-based discrimination on behalf of an NFL franchise. I actually agree with everything Jack Del Rio said. I wouldn’t have used the phrase ‘dust-up’ but it’s not like he’s a professional spokesperson. It’s certainly a very valid question -- ‘how is it that we have an investigation going on right now into January 6th 18 months later, and we haven’t had any type of investigation at all into hundreds of violent riots that caused far more damage, far more deaths, and far more injuries than anything that happened on January 6th? Jack Del Rio’s point is a good one.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage rip Ron Rivera and the Washington Commanders franchise for fining defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 for opinions Del Rio made questioning why there is an ongoing investigation into the events that took place on January 6th at the Capitol but not into the George Floyd riots in the summer of 2020.
Travis called Rivera’s statement denouncing Del Rio as ‘unbelievable propaganda’ and said Del Rio was only being fined because of ‘content-based discrimination', adding that ‘no athlete has ever been fined for having a left-wing opinion.’
Check out the video above as Travis details why he doesn’t think Del Rio said anything wrong, and how he never should have apologized for bringing up ‘very valid questions’ on the riots of 2020.