The president of the NAACP is calling for Washington Commanders' Jack Del Rio to resign or "be terminated" by the team after the defensive coordinator compared the protests after the police killing of George Floyd to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
"His comments could not have been more offensive and ignorant," NAACP President Derrick Johnson's statement read. "The January 6th insurrection – an attempted coup – was far from a 'dust-up.'"
"Downplaying the insurrection by comparing it to nationwide protests, which were in response to a public lynching, is twisted," Johson continued. "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."
This began with a tweet on Monday in which Del Rio questioned why the media coverage of Congress' Jan. 6. Committee holding public hearings this week was getting more attention than the "summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property."
When asked about the comments at the Commanders' OTAs on Wednesday, Del Rio defended his statement comparing the two events and further minimized the events on Jan. 6 by calling it a "dust-up." He would apologize later on Wednesday for using that word.
Del Rio also said on Wednesday he was not worried his comparison of the protests after George Floyd's killing to the Jan. 6 attack or his personal beliefs would have any effect on his Black players.
"Uh, no. No. I don't think race had anything to do with that incident," Del Rio said. "So, no."