Some folks conjure imaginary friends. Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III has crafted some imaginary enemies. On Wednesday, he chastised his unidentified — and possibly non-existent — “doubters” via Twitter. On Thursday, Griffin dug in even deeper.
“As far as I’m concerned, I said what I needed to say,” Griffin said Thursday, via the Associated Press. “It is what I believe, and what our household deems necessary to go out every day and be successful.”
Griffin added that he’ll continue to periodically communicate through Twitter, reasoning that his followers follow him for a reason.
“There are 1.1 million people on Twitter that want to hear what [I] have to say,” Griffin said, going scoreboard on his seven-figure collection of Twitter users who receive any and all of his tweets and retweets. “And it’s not that we tweet all the time, but anytime we tweet something it gets blown up, but it is what it is.”
If Griffin has concocted a narrative that many doubt him in order to provide extra motivation for himself and his teammates, that’s fine. The perception that he’s thin-skinned, however, will serve as chum in the Internet shark tank, inviting plenty of real doubt, hate, and vitriol to replace the exaggerated and/or fabricated collection of criticism that prompted his tweet.