NFL HOFer Ed Reed Urges Commanders Players to Take Stand over Jack Del Rio Comments

Adam WellsJune 11, 2022

ASHBURN, VA- JUNE 8: Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks to the media after an OTA for the Washington Commanders at their training facility in Ashburn, VA on June 8, 2022.. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed wants to see Washington Commanders players speak out against Jack Del Rio for his comments about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol.

Reed tweeted Saturday that the $100,000 fine Del Rio was assessed is "nothing" and players coached by him need to "put your pants on" and stand up to the 59-year-old.

Ed Reed @TwentyER

Today, im sick and tired! A dust up! 100,000 is not enough, money ain’t nothing to a person who is recycled through coaching. Its always one, first it was Saban now its Jack to just remind US what it is! Man if u coached by him put your pants on! Its simple right and wrong, Wrong

Del Rio initially caused a stir Monday when he responded to a tweet about the hearings on the insurrection in which he seemed to equate the attack on the Capitol with the public protests that occurred in the summer of 2020 in response to Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd.

"Would love to understand 'the whole story' about why the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed but this is??? #CommonSense," Del Rio tweeted.

Addressing that comment during a press conference Wednesday, Del Rio referred to the insurrection as a "dustup" and doubled down on his original stance:

"What did I ask? A simple question. Why are we not looking into those things, if we're gonna talk about [January 6], why are we not looking into those things? Because it's kind of hard for me to say, I can realistically look at it, I see the images on TV, people's livelihoods are being destroyed. Businesses are being burned down. No problem. And then we have a dustup at the Capitol, nothing burned down. And we're gonna make that a major deal."

Del Rio, who has since deleted his Twitter account, issued an apology for his comments later Wednesday.

"I stand by my comments condemning violence in communities across the country," he said in his apology statement. "I say that while also expressing my support as an American citizen for peaceful protest in our country. I have fully supported all peaceful protests in America. I love, respect, and support all my fellow coaches, players, and staff that I work with and respect their views and opinions."

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera announced Friday that Del Rio had been fined $100,000 after the two met to discuss his comments. The money will be donated to the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

Washington defensive end Jonathan Allen told JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington that "you can have a difference in opinion and still respect one another" when asked about Del Rio's tweets.

Del Rio is entering his third season as Commanders defensive coordinator. The team will hold mandatory minicamp June 14-16.