Ron Rivera: Jack Del Rio’s comments became a distraction

Ron Rivera, Commanders' head coach, held a press conference Tuesday morning just before the team opened their three-day mandatory minicamp.

Ron Rivera: Jack Del Rio’s comments became a distraction

Ron Rivera, Commanders' head coach, held a press conference Tuesday morning just before the team opened their three-day mandatory minicamp. The first topic was the $100,000 fine he issued last week to Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator.

Rivera began the press conference discussing his conversations about Twitter with Del Rio regarding the Jan 6th attack on the Capitol. He also compared it to the 2020 reaction to George Floyd’s murder.

Rivera stated that he spoke with Del Rio last Tuesday and again on Tuesday morning. Rivera declined to discuss the content of the conversations but stated that Del Rio's inability to speak freely was the problem, not the fallout from comments made by the team.

Rivera stated, via Ben Standig at TheAthletic.com: "This is about how it impacts the team and what distraction it's become."

Rivera stated that Del Rio deleted his Twitter account after which Rivera claimed it was Del Rio's decision and not a team request.

Rivera stated that Del Rio addressed the team Tuesday morning as well and had side conversations before moving on with other matters.

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