Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, hit with a barrage of anonymously sourced hate messages late in the season, responded to critics via his verified Facebook page.
It is uncertain what comment, or comments, prompted Griffin’s reply to critics. But it is clear that it had something to do with the attention that the second-year quarterback receives.
Griffin tried to explain why he gets some of it, and that he doesn’t like all the attention he does get. He began the post by saying he doesn’t usually do this because of the opinions that follow any action — or inaction.
“You think I want it to be national news that I visit a beach? Or shop at Walmart? Or wore red shoes instead if green yesterday? Well I don’t,” Griffin wrote. “I’m ‘striving’ for greatness just like my fellow teammates do. The ‘attention’ that comes with being a QB in the league is what you are referring to. All the press conferences and talking to the media? Mandated by the league to have a press conference every week during the season and during team activities during the off-season.”
Griffin then touched on his commercials; he was featured in ads for Subway and adidas. He also filmed a documentary of his recovery from knee surgery.
Many have suggested that Griffin lie low this offseason after he struggled and was a constant story whether it was about his play, his relationship with the coaches or his teammates. It represented quite a turn for a player so beloved as a rookie in leading the Redskins to a 10-6 record and NFC East title. This season, the Redskins were 3-13, and coach Mike Shanahan was fired.
But when it comes to commercials, Griffin is contractually obligated and might not have any choice but to shoot more before the 2014 season.
“Oh wait, you must be talking about the Commercials? Right? Oh ok so what was the deal with those in 2012? WE won the division,” Griffin wrote. “So in 2013 when WE get knocked down, and finish last it’s because of the commercials? If that is your reasoning I have nothing more to say. WE will get back up. That is what matters. I hope I answered your question well enough. And that you keep supporting the team.”
Griffin also wrote that he wore a sleeve on his left arm for the same reason that other players do various things — such as receiver Santana Moss using hand warmers even when it’s 70 degrees. It makes Griffin comfortable.
“Not to be different,” Griffin wrote. “Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years. You see WE are a team.”