SNIDER: Redskins coach misfires on Twitter

Rick Snider
June 24, 2020 - 9:51 am

Dear Jack Del Rio,

I'm 100 percent for America, too. Our visions might be different, but the greatest part of our country is we can disagree.

Unfortunately, America is on fire. Everyone is so busy yelling that nobody is listening. Every generation has its moment of revolution and we're now seeing the biggest since the 1960s, when I was a lad seeing the same current images that now flood the nightly news and internet.

Hopefully, America will emerge a better place after a pandemic that is surely fueling some of this over-boiling frustration of a young generation that would rather pull statues down than trust politicians to do it. The passion of youth isn't always a bad thing, but needs to be tempered. Unfortunately, too many political elders worry only about themselves rather than the nation, so the next generation is demanding change by any means possible.

But, Twitter is not the right place for social discourse, because nobody, and I mean nobody, will change their mind. Your tweet of "I'm 100% for America. If you're not you can kiss my A$$" is not helping.

Oh, saying you will support your players should they decide to kneel during the national anthem is fine, but when players see your tweet they'll know your heart. That you support a president who called them "sons of bitches" for kneeling earlier. As a coach, you want players 100 percent devoted to your defensive cause, but disagreeing on politics will be a barrier to that.

Politics, money and religion are not discussed with outsiders for a reason. They can lead to divisiveness. That's not to say we shouldn't talk about them, but again, not on Twitter where the nuance of meaning is totally lost.

Some people will have no problem over your four tweets. That's their right. Others will read more into them than you meant. That's their right. However, you'll no longer control the narrative of your thoughts and that's not right.

Surely, Redskins coach Ron Rivera and owner Dan Snyder might stop by for a quick chat that basically says calm down. That's their right and good advice. There are plenty of ways of supporting your position, but Twitter isn't it.

I don't think you're a bad guy, just a passionate person who's surely not the first to pop off on Twitter. But, tweeting into a windstorm of change is pointless. Better to pick moments with greater meaning.

And that goes for everyone.



Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks