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Redskins defensive coordinator 'likes' derogatory tweet about Bubba Wallace

Redskins defensive coordinator 'likes' derogatory tweet about Bubba Wallace

In addition to sparking controversy with his tweets about Donald Trump and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio liked a derogatory tweet about NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on Tuesday.

The tweet, from conservative commentator Candace Owens, referred to Wallace as Bubba Smollet, a reference to the actor Jussie Smollet who was accused of lying about a hate crime. 

The tweet was liked after the FBI announced that an investigation found that the discovery of a noose in Wallace's garage was not a hoax and that there would be no hate crime charges filed. 

A crew member for Richard Petty Motorsports discovered the noose Sunday at the Alabama race track, according to the Associated Press. NASCAR was alerted and called the FBI.

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Del Rio also liked a tweet from conservative commentator Charlie Kirk, calling for protesters who topple federal monuments to be arrested. Those comments echo ones made by President Trump on Twitter after protesters in Washington tried to topple a statue of Andrew Jackson.

Del Rio's tweets and likes come at a time when many of his team's players, including quarterback Dwayne Haskins, are participating in what has become a worldwide movement against police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. 

The Redskins declined to comment on Del Rio's tweets.

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Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio sparks controversy on Twitter with support for Donald Trump

Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio sparks controversy on Twitter with support for Donald Trump

Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio gave fans a bit of a glimpse into his political leanings on Tuesday night.

After tweeting about his excitement about the return of baseball, Del Rio retweeted what has been found to be a fabricated image of a tweet from New York rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

He then tweeted about his support for President Donald Trump and America telling detractors to kiss his (expletive).

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Del Rio’s tweets come only days after the President said he was likely to boycott football over players’ - including running back Adrian Peterson’s - decision to kneel during the national anthem in the 2020 season as a peaceful protest.

Head coach Ron Rivera has said he would support his players if they decide to kneel. 

The team declined to comment on Del Rio's tweets.

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Ron Rivera, Jack Del Rio on ballot for 2021 College Football Hall of Fame class

Ron Rivera, Jack Del Rio on ballot for 2021 College Football Hall of Fame class

The College Football Hall of Fame and National Football Federation released the names of the former players and coaches nominated for the 2021 class on Tuesday, and two members of the Redskins coaching staff are on it.

Head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio are two of the 78 players from the FBS division to be named on the ballot. In total, there are over 200 names that are eligible for induction.

Rivera starred as a linebacker at the University of California from 1980-1983. During his senior season, he was a consensus All-American, named the PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year, the Pop Warner Trophy winner, and a finalist for numerous other honors.

Rivera was selected by the Bears in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft and played for Chicago for eight seasons before retiring to move into a career of broadcasting, and then later coaching.

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Like Rivera, Del Rio also played linebacker, and was a four-year starter at the University of Southern California. As a senior in 1984, Del Rio was a consensus All-American and the winner of the Pop Warner Trophy, too. As a junior, he was a named third-team All-American.

During his four years at USC, Del Rio was named to the first-team All-PAC-10 twice (second-team once), and led the Trojans in tackles for loss three times. In his final game with the Trojans, Del Rio earned co-MVP honors in USC's 1985 Rose Bowl victory over Ohio State.

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Del Rio was a third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 1985 NFL Draft, and went on to have over a decade-long career in the NFL before transitioning into a coaching career.

The announcement of the 2021 Hall of Fame class will be released in January next year, and those members will officially be inducted during the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7, 2021, in New York.

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