Redskins' Jack Del Rio shocks fans with pro-Trump tweet, says he is '100% for America' after getting slammed
The Twitter spat began when Del Rio shared a screenshot of a fake tweet that was attributed to Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asking for a lockdown extension to prevent Trump from winning the election
Washington Redskins' defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio hit back at online critics who had called him out for supporting Trump. On June 24, Del Rio shared a series of political tweets and wrote that he is "100% for America." Del Rio had addressed the comments of one social media user who had written, "Just found out @coachdelrio is a trump supporter. Wish these old racist would stay off Twitter." In response to this, Del Rio wrote, "I’m 100% for America, if you’re not you can kiss my A$$." Fans and followers were not on board with Del Rio's comments and let him know it.
One wrote, "You’re a jacka** if you think supporting that maniac is American. He’s the most immoral and ignorant fool to be president. And that says a lot about your intelligence and clearly racist tendencies if you support him," while another commented, "As a life long Raider fan, and fellow Trojan. I’m very disappointed in you condoning racist/prejudice behavior and using the flag as a means of rationale. I wish you nothing but the best in DC and hope you spend time reflecting on who you are while you lead men on the field."
The Twitter rant had begun when Del Rio shared a screenshot of a fake tweet that was attributed to Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asking for a coronavirus lockdown extension to prevent Trump from winning the election. The tweet had been shared online along with the caption, "AOC hates America." Del Rio had then re-tweeted the tweet and wrote, "Wow?!! Proof…. C’mon AOC." He was slammed for his re-tweet by many social media users. One user shared, "You can’t seriously believe that’s a real tweet by her. Surely you know that’s a doctored image." While another commented, "Even if he were, which I don’t think he is, it would be incredibly irresponsible for someone with his following to continue to retweet something so obviously fake. Either way, he should know better. But he’s definitely serious here."
".....I really hope you were hacked, coach. For multiple reasons, including the fact that the image was photoshopped. Social media is bad enough for athletes and coaches. When they get political? Never ends well," another wrote in the comments section. Ron Rivera, the head coach of the Redskins, had said that he will be supporting his players who plan to take to the knee during the national anthem after their star running back Adrian Peterson had announced that he would be taking to the knee.
While speaking at a news conference, Rivera said, "It's their choice, it's their decision and I support it because it's in our constitution and that's what our military personnel fought for. For our rights." He also said that he condemns the murder of George Floyd whose death resulted in nationwide protests and outrage. A now-former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old Floyd while arresting him. Floyd repeatedly said he was unable to breathe but Chauvin paid no heed. Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes in a viral video which led to not just US but global outrage.