After Robert Griffin III endured the first game of his college or pro career without his team scoring a touchdown, Griffin had a visitor in the locker room.
According to Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com, Robert Griffin II made the unconventional move of entering the locker room and meeting with his son after Monday night’s embarrassing 27-6 home loss on national TV to the 49ers.
Per Bashir, father and son “seemed to have a lengthy and, at times, tense conversation.” The discussion began as Griffin was removing his pads and continued after his post-game press conference, which the elder Griffin attended.
It’s unclear, according to Bashir, what they discussed. It’s possible, given last week’s multiple mistakes by Griffin III during his post-game press conference, that Griffin II wanted to be sure his son didn’t say anything to the media that would echo through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Regardless, parents typically don’t visit their sons in a post-game NFL locker room, and when they do they typically don’t have tense conversations. With Robert Griffin II speaking out about publicly before the season regarding his belief that his son needs to throw more, it could be that, as the situation in D.C. arrives at critical mass, Griffin II is going to be actively involved in helping his son avoid the shrapnel — or in not-so-subtly guiding the shrapnel toward others.
Or maybe Griffin II simply believes that, if offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is going to benefit from the constant presence and support of his father, Griffin III should, too.