On Monday, Jack Del Rio, the defensive coordinator for the Washington Football Team (nee the Redskins), posted a video of a doctor relaying medical facts about the drug Hydroxychloroquine. But it wasn’t long before the sports media and others went into open warfare against the NFL coach.
On Monday, Del Rio posted a video with the caption “this doctor seems believable.”
Twitter soon deleted the video, and Del Rio jumped back onto his tweet to add, “If this video was taken down then shame on those seeking to make a large profit rather than treat Americans . The doctor clearly explains the benefits of the drug and has used it on hundreds of her patients.”
If this video was taken down then shame on those seeking to make a large profit rather than treat Americans . The doctor clearly explains the benefits of the drug and has used it on hundreds of her patients🙏👍
— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) July 28, 2020
The video featured Stella Immanuel, an immigrant from Cameroon who was trained in medicine in Nigeria and has been a pediatrician in Louisiana since the late 1990s. She has been a physician at the Rehoboth Medical Center in Houston, Texas, since last October. Immanuel is also a committed Christian and founded Fire Power Ministries in 2002.
In the recent video, Immanuel noted that she was a doctor in Nigeria “where I took care of malaria patients, treated them with hydroxychloroquine.”
Dr. Immanuel has been advocating for the use of hydroxychloroquine during most of the COVID-19 scare and is also an open supporter of Donald Trump.
Hydroxychloroquine has been used on hundreds of thousands of patients for ailments such as malaria for decades with no real medical side effects reported. And in 2005, an article in the Virology Journal noted that the drug is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and its spread.
Still, some in the sports media immediately went on the attack against del Rio for re-posting the video about the use of hydroxychloroquine.
Washington Post sports writer Dan Steinberg, for instance, impugned the tweet:
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) July 28, 2020
Former NFL player Stephen White intimated that he thinks Del Rio is a danger to the team for his views on hydroxychloroquine:
As a reminder everyone associated with the Washington Football Team will have to depend on Jack Del Rio to take covid19 precautions seriously for the health of everybody else in the building. And to that I say good luck. SMDH https://t.co/zmbUJRnVnW
— Stephen White (@sgw94) July 28, 2020
Atlantic Philly sports writer Bo Wulf attacked Del Rio for his conservative-minded re-tweets and “likes”:
— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) July 22, 2020
ESPN’s Bomani Jones also took to Twitter to criticize Del Rio:
— bomani (@bomani_jones) July 28, 2020
Forbes writer Maury Brown said Del Rio is “off his rocker”:
So who had “Jack Del Rio is off his rocker” on their BINGO card?
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) July 28, 2020
Del Rio is not likely to be seen apologizing for his tweets about Dr. Immanuel, though. Last month he essentially told detractors to go pound sand.
In a June 23 post he slammed someone who attacked him for being a Trump supporter, saying “I’m 100% for America, if you’re not you can kiss my A$$.”
I’m 100% for America, if you’re not you can kiss my A$$ https://t.co/PKCLPIbqVJ
— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) June 24, 2020
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