The fact that Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera fined Jack Del Rio did not impress Bill Maher.
The defensive coordinator of the Commanders was fined when he referred to the disturbance at the Capitol on January 6 as a “dust up” and questioned why the riots that rocked America in 2020 elicited less indignation.
Commanders Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio:
"I can look at 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." pic.twitter.com/99mF3uxUTD
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 8, 2022
Del Rio was fined $100,000 by head coach Ron Rivera for his remarks because, for reasons that are unclear to any sane person, his opinion was evidently deemed unacceptable.
During the Friday broadcast of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the popular comedian and host criticized the Commanders for appearing to care about free speech while fining individuals for expressing their ideas.
Maher stated the following regarding the situation in Del Rio:
Fining someone for an opinion, I’m not down with that…His boss said about [Del Rio], ‘He does have the right to voice his opinion as a citizen of the United States and it most certainly is his constitutional right to do so.’ Apparently not! You know what? This is the don’t pee on my shoe and tell me it’s raining. What the f**k are you talking about? He doesn’t have a right to an opinion and it’s obviously not his right to do so.
More on this story via Daily Caller:
Bill Maher is 100% correct, and I wish more people would be rational about this situation. Was Del Rio calling the January 6 riot a “dust up” a wise way to word it?
No. Should he have been fined? Absolutely not. Athletes share their political opinions nonstop and are applauded for doing so. Del Rio asked why the riot at the capitol is treated differently than the 2020 riots that torched cities, and he was treated like an evil man. Read more…