Robert Griffin III defends his motivations on Facebook

AP

While he might not have been involved in the coaching search that led to Jay Gruden, making Robert Griffin III more comfortable was clearly one of the goals of the process.

And after a year spent defending himself against reports about his character and motivations, Griffin recently shared his feelings on Facebook in a long post that seemed like a guy who needed to vent.

The full post, as reprinted by CSNWashington.com, began with explaining why he wears a compression sleeve on his arm, but quickly turned into a defense of his own motivations.

“You see WE do these things because they make us comfortable. Not to be different. Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years. You see WE are a team,” he wrote. “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. 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. 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. 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.”

The attention shouldn’t be news to Griffin, as he was a celebrated star before he got to the NFL (with the socks to make sure every camera was pointed on him). Now that things have become uncomfortable, his reactions are interesting, because until he does something newsworthy on the field again, it’s all we have to work with.

80 responses to “Robert Griffin III defends his motivations on Facebook

  1. Remember that time when a sports star lashed out on social media, and it made every rethink their positions and something totally good came out of it?

    Yeah, neither do I.

  2. RGIII really ought to stop his “poor little me” campaign that he’s been running since he came into the league.

  3. Ha! So when they were winning, he didnt mind all the credit and attention given to him. I didnt see any facebook complaints or comments complaining that he was getting too much credit for the wins.

    Now that they’ve been lose…. NOW he has a problem with it. So when you were winning, it was okay for it to be all about “me”, but when your losing, its supposed to be about “us”. Sorry kid, you gotta take the good with the bad.

  4. Wow, talk about getting defensive. I’m surprised he still hasn’t learned how to handle himself properly on social media or in front of the mics.

  5. Roberts a good kid, who unfortunately (due to his unbelievable rookie year) became a sensation too quickly. I think his Sophmore yr struggles and media problems have taught him a valuable lesson, and you will see a much differnt rG3 next year.

    The media continues to be the real problem in DC, coming up with false reports from “insiders”. How many of those “insiders” were disgruntled ex Redskins with a bone to pick?

    My mom wrote for the Washington Post under the olegendary George Solomon for years, and she says back then she would never have been able to publish a story with less then 2 sources. Now, you have reports coming up left and right from 1 source, and their labeled as “insiders’. The media is the problem….

  6. Hahaha! So glad the eagles don’t have a guy like that. He is talented but that ego will keep him down. Go eagles! Looking forward to beating the skins again next season!

  7. Is it really surprising he’s become such a diva when Snyder made him a demigod before even playing a game? If the Redskins were smart (and they aren’t) they’d be trying to deal RGIII and keep Cousins.

  8. He should have addressed how he fleeced all those fans into buying him wedding gifts, or why he regressed as a QB this year, or his bragging about influencing the owner of the team, or how a guy that set a team back 2 full drafts could stink up the place so bad they bench him.

  9. People just hate this kid for no reason. I don’t care what your argument is the crap he gets from you guys that suck at life is unbelievable.

  10. Robert, you carried around a camera and filmed yourself all of last offseason, then named it “Will to Win” and pitched it to TV networks. Was that “mandated by the league” like your weekly press conferences? Face it, you loved the attention when you were winning and now you can’t handle it when you’re losing. Whining on Facebook isn’t going to help either…

  11. In 2012 when the Redskins were winning it was always “I”. In 2013, when the Redskins were losing, all of the sudden it is “We”.

  12. So what does WE refer to? I’m pretty sure it’s not referring to the team. Is this some sort of gollum/smeagol thing? Him and Brandon Marshall should hang out, just the 4 of them.

  13. If in 2014 he plays like he did in 2012, he is a genius. If in 2014 he plays like he did in 2013, he is an idiot.
    In my opinion, he will do well.

  14. Blah blah blah… I spend all day talking trash about some dude I don’t know. Online on a website he doesn’t read. I feel so cool.

    If RGIII is such a buster, why do you spend so much time hating on him?

    — Not a Redskin fan

  15. He’s probably right, but that doesn’t make venting a good idea. There’s a new generation of players coming up that grew up on the Twittings and the Facialbookings that have yet to figure out that even if you win an internet debate, you lose.

    (Except, of course, in the PFT comments, where victories and losses are tracked forever by the football gods, and your day of Judgment will involve a defense of your 2009 claim that Eli Manning has 6 SB wins ahead of him).

  16. Put a sock in it and just play well. Whats so hard to understand? Well I guess it could be to understand for an egomaniac with and inferiority complex.

  17. 25cuts says: Jan 13, 2014 11:38 AM

    Hahaha! So glad the eagles don’t have a guy like that. He is talented but that ego will keep him down. Go eagles! Looking forward to beating the skins again next season!
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    LOL – Eagles fan here – 2 words:

    DeSean Jackson!

  18. cletusvandam says:
    Jan 13, 2014 11:43 AM
    He should have addressed how he fleeced all those fans into buying him wedding gifts, or why he regressed as a QB this year, or his bragging about influencing the owner of the team, or how a guy that set a team back 2 full drafts could stink up the place so bad they bench him.

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    Obv. Someone needs to address your ignorance, if you knew anything you would know he didn’t want fans to send him gifts they did that on their own he cant help that now can he? he regressed had no off season to get better. Now for this ignorant statement you just made ” bragging about influencing the owner of the team” my friend this is a false statement that someone made just to be relevant, but hey most sports fan are dumb and ignorant and simply doesn’t know any better and you my friend are dumb do some research before you speak now mosey on.

  19. RGIII is a really decent guy and a leader. As a Redskins fan I’m really happy to have him as our QB. All the haters bash when you’re down, but RGIII is too good to stay down for long.

  20. Without his speed, he will never be anything. Hopefully he will get it back.

    Shanahan ruined this kid, I remember watching that playoff game and thinking “JC Shanahan, you are ruining this kid’s career in only his rookie season!”

  21. Lesson for Robert- When you win you can do/say anything and people love you and say you’re great…..
    But if you ain’t winning, the public scrutiny becomes much more difficult to live with.

    But hey, you’re getting hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and aren’t exactly unclogging sewage pumps for a living, or hammering in roof shingles in Mississippi in August, so quit complaining.

  22. RG3 is like the kid with a speech impediment in elementary school that insists on reading the morning announcements. He’s already got a target on his back and just keeps fueling the fire.

    One season of being healthy and winning football games and all the talk of what a diva and headache he is will be gone.

  23. “because until he does something newsworthy on the field again, it’s all we have to work with.”

    Um, actually you could not bother writing about him and making him a focal point of smear campaigns. The day Gruden was hired people were complaining he hadn’t made a statement yet. People complained saying that the coach had to be run by him when he wasn’t. Once again people trying to make it about RG3 when it wasn’t. He doesn’t make it out to be about him the meida has.

    You shouldn’t have to work to make him out to be this or that. He isn’t putting his name on PFT every three days with non-issues. If he rips someone in the media, does something that stands out positive or negative on the field, or does something illegal then go ahead and bash. But when he does nothing you guys start up with stories for the fun of it.

  24. Remember all the way back to last year when RG3 was saying all the right things and looked to be remarkably media savvy for such a young player?

    Now, he basically starts negative stories, then tries to clarify them, then tries to clarify the clarification. He just needs to learn to be quiet.

  25. So the cameras were on him because of his socks? Interesting! I was under the impression that it was because he won the Heisman and was expected to be a high draft pick. Didn’t realize it was his socks. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Robert, leave social media to your wife. It’s a catch 22 for you. You can’t win.

  26. This diva sure didn’t waste any time turning bad. Really kind of funny to watch. Like any dumpster fire.

  27. Smh.

    Best thing to do is take personal responsibility for the down year, admit he could’ve played better, apologize for poor performance, promise to work harder and be a better teammate, and be appreciative to the fans for their patience with him.

    Seriously.

    It’s called humility.

    What’s so hard about that?

  28. The problem with a lot of these high pick Qbs is that they’ve never had to deal with losing in their life before. Ever. With anything. So when you draft them you just don’t know how they will deal with losing until they face it. So far, he doesn’t seem to be dealing well with it, but what he says is irrevelevant. If he is working hard to get better and fix the issues that made the Redskins so horrible this year then maybe he will become great. But if he truly feels it is the medias fault, or shanahans fault, or anyone’s fault but his own, and doesn’t work on improving and fixing his obvious deficiencies, then he’ll never be great.

  29. He’s as much of a self-absorbed media ho as Tim Tebow. Maybe he should write his autobiography now and spend the off-season on a book tour. Because everyone wants to know about the life of a self-absorbed 25 year old.

    Good grief.

  30. Nothing good comes from a sports star trying to “explain” himself on Facebook or Twitter. Silence is always the best option. Having said that … “with the socks to make sure every camera was pointed on him”? Really? You sound like a fashion maven covering the Red Carpet. Whether or not a quarterback is doing anything spectacular on the field, sports reporters ought to be able to focus on something more substantial to his game than his socks.

  31. Rg3 gets a ton of criticism, a lot of it is unfair. However going on Facebook to defend yourself may be the worst of all your options. You’d think he would have learned from last offseason. Just lay low, get healthy, prepare for next season and then prove your naysayers wrong on the field.

  32. Griffin might actually be more likeable if he’d stay quiet and out of sight for more than five minutes. He really has a self-esteem problem.

  33. I can’t wait for RGIII to start yelling “Knock it off!!” at reporters next season. I think we are seeing the re-birthing of Ryan Leaf. RGIII trying to unseat Leaf as the biggest draft bust of all time? Possibly.

  34. Therapists will tell you to employ the ten second rule before venting – RG3 needs to employ the one year rule.

    If he can stay off of media and in the film room for an entire year, he may be able to resuscitate his career.

    The odds are not very good, however

  35. So did RG3 and Cam Newton reverse roles? Newton quickly matured and changed his image, RG3 give Newton a call on how to turn a team around quickly.

  36. Little Danny needs to hire this guy a personal coach instead of a press agent, or his (Danny’s) marketing machine is going to underperform expectations.

  37. He needs to get thicker skin if he wants to be a lasting QB in the NFL. He sounds like a completely broken man who can not take any criticism without lashing back. That is a sign that he does not possess the leadership needed to be successful.

  38. you know, people are so contradictory every day. we sit here and say we want to see, hear, and learn more about these athletes, yet Griffin is a “Diva” and gets killed for being “too available” all the time ??

    guess what, if he clammed up, kept his mouth shut, and didn’t say a word, you guys who bash him would still call him a Diva for being too stuck up to talk to people.

    he’s in a lose-lose situation. I have no problem with all athletes boycotting the media. everything they say is taken under a microscope and analyzed so the media can find the slightest of controversies in order to sell a story.

    I guess that’s what they mean by “job security” !!!!

  39. Continuous stream of negative stories about this young man from the media using anonymous as sources over and over again.

    Massive thumbs up from the posters for any story that tears RGIII down. Who cares if the sources are real. What fun it is to spread ugly rumors.

    I guess, if you ain’t good at anything trying to tear down talent is as good a gig as any for the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” talentless Joe, eh?

    Thank you for your down votes. I appreciate you nevertheless.

  40. The 2012 draft reminds me of the 1998 draft. The team that picked second seems to have picked the same player. Only difference is the Chargers didn’t give up 3 first round draft picks and a second round pick to choose Ryan Leaf.

  41. so funny Robert. Why all the attention? Why me guys?? I just want to go to Walmart in peace and quiet! Oh, how interesting. Why the documentary Robert? Why the “operation patience” campaign? Why the online wedding registry? Now its suddenly everyone else’s fault for the negative attention you get after 3-13? Lol. Look at other high profile players at the position…Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, DrewBrees. They go out and ball, and no one hears a peep from them off the field. And the list of those stars goes on….Andre Johnson, Fitz, Julio Jones, AjGreen, Adrian Peterson….and on and on and on

  42. of course, if WE weren’t interested in all of the attention, WE probably would have just ignored the whole thing and left it unsaid.

    maybe it’s just me, but i don’t think anybody signs up for the NFL thinking “Man, i hope i don’t become famous or anything!!!”

  43. Facebook is generally not the best place to go to answer the fans. Unless of course it’s the only place where your words can’t be manipulated or parsed or taken out of context like everything else that has been reported on him this year. It allows you to form an actual opinion of what he wrote and not have someone feed you their interpretation which reminds me of something.. hey, this si

  44. Robert… don’t listen to the ridiculous hate and do you. Real Redskins fan support you and our team… HTTR!

  45. skins2357 says:
    Jan 13, 2014 11:37 AM

    Roberts a good kid, who unfortunately (due to his unbelievable rookie year) became a sensation too quickly. I think his Sophmore yr struggles and media problems have taught him a valuable lesson, and you will see a much differnt rG3 next year.

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    To the contrary, I think you read this all wrong. You often see something like this from someone who feels the need to defend themself. Yes, I’ll agree, his treatment, specifically from the media has been downright attrocious at times, but some of those instances are surely due to his own actions or, better yet, reactions, such as this one. You got this one all wrong. Someone who has matured would know and realize he won’t need to say something but, and rather, let his actions speak for himself.

    I feel sorry for him as it seems as he’s somewhat let himself get caught up with the media and really doesn’t know how to handle it.

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