Pro Football Hall of Fame safety and University of Miami staffer Ed Reed sounded off on the punishment handed down to Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio over recent comments he made that referred to the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt as a “dust-up” and urged players on Washington to take a stand.
Reed posted his message Saturday from his verified Twitter account, saying he felt the $100,000 fine that Commanders coach Ron Rivera imposed Friday on Del Rio was insufficient.
“Today, I’m sick and tired!” Reed posted in the message. “A dust up! 100,000 is not enough, money ain’t nothing to a person who is recycled through coaching. Its always one, first it was (University of Alabama coach Nick) Saban now it’s Jack to just remind US what it is! Man if u coached by him put your pants on! It’s simple right and wrong. Wrong.”
Del Rio faced harsh criticism Wednesday after he was asked at a news conference about a tweet he posted to his account on Monday, that compared the Jan. 6 Capitol attack to protests linked to the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.
“I’m being respectful,” Del Rio said during the news conference. “I just asked a simple question. Let’s get right down to it: What did I ask? A simple question. Why are we not looking into (the protests), if we’re going to talk about (the Capitol attack). Why are we not looking into those things?
“It’s kind of hard for me to say, I can realistically look at it. I see images on the TV, people’s livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem. And then we have a dust-up at the Capitol, nothing burned down, and we’re going to make that a major deal.”
Later in the day on Wednesday, Del Rio apologized and on Saturday, he deleted his Twitter account. So far, Washington’s players have been largely quiet with their public comments about what Del Rio said.
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Reed’s reference to Saban was likely over the Alabama coach’s recent comments in which he accused Texas A&M of buying the No. 1 recruiting class and accused Jackson State of paying a player $1 million. Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders said he was “stung” by Saban’s comments for the implication that HBCUs cannot attract top talent without paying them.
Reed played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and New York Jets, earning five all-pro selections and nine Pro Bowl trips. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2019 and is the chief of staff for the University of Miami Hurricanes football program.
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