The word of the day for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is “cover.”
The good news is that he’s on the East Coast cover of Sports Illustrated. The bad news is that Griffin will get a talking-to from the NFL about covering up the Nike logo on his warmup gear.
According to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, Griffin wrote the word “heart” on his pre-game undershirt, with an “H” that blocked the Nike logo. Griffin has an endorsement deal with adidas.
Rovell writes that Griffin likely won’t be fined because it happened before the game. But the league plans to make its point to Griffin clearly and plainly.
“It won’t happen again,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Rovell.
You can’t blame Griffin for trying. The league already has changed the rules to allow him to apply a “III” on his name plate. Why not push the envelope to see if they’ll let him get away with covering up the logo of the company that is paying the NFL plenty of money, but that isn’t paying Griffin a dime?
That said, it would have made more sense to find a thick piece of white tape and cover the logo that way.