The Washington Commanders penalised defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 for statements about the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Coach Ron Rivera issued a statement.

Rivera termed Del Rio's comments "very painful" and said the $100,000 will go to the USCPMF.

Del Rio tweeted Monday in response to a message on the Jan. 6 hearings: 

"Would want to understand 'the complete story' about why the summer of riots, looting, burning, and property destruction is never discussed but this is??? #CommonSense."

Del Rio told reporters: "Why don't we investigate if we're going to discuss it? I have no trouble watching TV images of wrecked livelihoods and burned-down enterprises.

We'll make a big deal out of a Capitol dustup, even though nothing burnt. If we adopt the same criteria and are reasonable with each other, let's talk. Just that. Discuss."

Del Rio apologised on TWITTER

Insurrection killed five individuals, including a Capitol police officer.

The House select committee is investigating the breach and the circumstances that led to the Jan. 6 revolt, including whether former President Donald Trump incited the riot by suggesting the 2020 election was rigged in favour of Joe Biden.

Del Rio, 59, has been the Commanders' defensive coordinator under Rivera since 2020.

After 11 years as a linebacker with the Saints, Chiefs, Cowboys, and Vikings, Del Rio began coaching in 1997.

Del Rio led the Jaguars from 2003 to 2011 and the Raiders from 2015 to 2017.

Del Rio is 93-94 and has made three playoffs. He won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000.