Former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio made some controversial Twitter waves Tuesday night.
Washington's defensive coordinator went on a political tirade, beginning with a quote tweet containing a fabricated picture of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Wow ?!! Proof..... c’mon AOC https://t.co/KNDRmzX6nH— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) June 24, 2020
Rule No. 1 on Twitter is don't tweet. Rule No. 2 is to make sure the thing you're tweeting about is factual.
Del Rio then tweeted his support for President Donald Trump and told others to go kiss his ... well, you know.
Fact not fiction https://t.co/M38UuiHTbs— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) June 24, 2020
I’m 100% for America, if you’re not you can kiss my A$$ https://t.co/PKCLPIbqVJ— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) June 24, 2020
Del Rio was hired by Ron Rivera this offseason to help reshape the defense in DC, but the team declined to comment on the tweets.
Del Rio's tweets came a few days after Trump said he wouldn't watch the NFL if players kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism. Washington running back Adrian Peterson is one of the players who has said he will take a knee next season, along with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, among others.
Del Rio, a Castro Valley native who attended Hayward High School, went 25-23 in three seasons as coach of the Raiders, and was fired following the 2017 season to make way for Jon Gruden's return. Before that, Del Rio was the Jacksonville Jaguars' coach for nine seasons (2003-11), going 68-71 with only one playoff win in three games.
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