Washington’s top leader, Jack Del Rio, has deleted his Twitter account after controversy over the comments

Washington Leaders Defense Coordinator Jack Del Rio deleted his Twitter account on Saturday, a day after he was fined for comments related to a tweet he made nearly a week ago.

Washington fined Del Rio $100,000 on Friday for controversial comments he made earlier in the week, referring to the January 6, 2021 events at the US Capitol as “dust.”

The team had no statement regarding del Rio deleting his account. Del Rio did not immediately respond to a text message from ESPN.

On Friday, coach Ron Rivera said in a statement that del Rio’s comments do not reflect the organization’s views and are deeply hurtful to the metropolitan area.

“As we saw last night at the hearings, what happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was an act of domestic terrorism,” Rivera said. “A group of citizens tried to overturn the results of a free and fair election, killing lives and damaging the Capitol,” he added.

The team had no statement regarding del Rio deleting his account; Del Rio did not immediately respond to a text message.

Del Rio is expected to address the squad on Tuesday, although multiple sources close to the players said they didn’t think it would be an issue with his players. “This is his man,” said Chase Young, one of the people close to Del Rio’s defense.

Defensive intervention Jonathan Allen told NBC Sports Washington, “I don’t care what he thinks as long as he shows up every day and works hard. That’s what I want from my defensive coordinator.”

Del Rio’s tweets and subsequent explanation didn’t help the franchise that has been in the headlines for the past two years for non-football issues. The organization spent the holiday period trying to rebuild its brand, and officially change its name to Leaders, amid a congressional investigation into its owner Dan Snyder. Congress invited him to testify at a hearing on June 22.

The NFL continues to investigate sexual misconduct allegation against Snyder; Prosecutors in Virginia and Washington, DC, are studying financial misconduct charges.

On Wednesday, Del Rio defended a response he sent on Twitter two days earlier. In response to Norm Eisen of the Brookings Institution, Del Rio tweeted, “I’d like to understand the ‘full story’ about why a summer of rioting, looting, arson and destruction of personal property was never discussed but this???”

When he met with the media on Wednesday during a pre-scheduled session, Del Rio said he felt there were two standards being applied. He said he was just expressing his opinion.

But in response to the final question at his press conference, Del Rio referred to the January 6 events in the US Capitol as “dust,” which sparked yet another controversy. He met Rivera later that day and again on Friday morning, when he was informed of the fine. The money will be donated to the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

Del Rio apologized in a statement Wednesday.

“Referring to this situation as a flick was irresponsible and careless and I’m sorry,” he said. “I stand by my comments condemning violence in communities across the country. I say this while also expressing my support as an American for peaceful protest in our country.”

On Thursday, NAACP President Derek Johnson called on Del Rio to “resign or terminate” over his comments.

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