Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio deletes his Twitter account

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A long and tumultuous week for Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has impacted not just his wallet, but his social media presence.

In the wake of a hefty fine from the organization, Del Rio has deleted his Twitter account:

Del Rio touched off a firestorm early last week when he tried to draw a comparison between the nationwide protests in the summer of 2020 following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, and the assault on the United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

The defensive coordinator then tried to address the comments in a press conference at Washington’s minicamp, but drew further scrutiny when he described the events of January 6th as a “dust-up.” That prompted the fine from the organization, as well as this statement from head coach Ron Rivera:

As noted in the statement, Del Rio’s fine will be directed towards the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund. At least seven people died as a result of the riots, according to a bipartisan Senate report. Four were rioters. Officer Brian D. Sicknick of the Capitol Police was assaulted by the mob, and died the next day after suffering two strokes. Officers Jeffery Smith and Howard S. Liebengood died by suicide shortly after the attacks.