LaVar Arrington, Fred Smoot criticize Robert Griffin III for waiting to “speak the truth” about Washington

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Former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III has some things to say about his time with the team. He’ll defer all commentary to a book that debuts in August.

A couple of other former Washington players recently criticized Griffin for not saying what he had to say far sooner.

“My career in Washington was spoiled, ruined, and trashed, and I always still continued to speak the truth about what I experienced and what I saw,” former Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington said on his Fox Sports Radio show, via Reice Shipley of BarrettSportMedia.com. “The amount of hate and the amount of anger that came my way for saying it, it was not safe to say things like what I was saying even though it was the truth back then. So, RGIII, with all due respect, it’s kind of a bitch move to say you’re going to do a tell-all now. Why didn’t you do your tell-all three or four years ago?”

Former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot, appearing as a guest on the show, agreed with Arrington.

“I just don’t know what RGIII was thinking, at what point does this benefit him?” Smoot said. “At the end of the day, nobody is waiting for RGIII’s thoughts about Washington. Then he named it Surviving Washington. Was R. Kelly there? Did I miss something? Bobby is an irritant, and that’s what Bobby loves to do. Bobby failed at his career in the NFL, let’s be honest, now he wants to bring attention to himself by any means necessary, and that’s why he wrote this book, and I can’t believe somebody is actually going to read it.”

Of course, any discussion about the book is good for the book, even if it’s criticism.

Some criticism emerged after Griffin announced his book, given that he hinted that he witnessed sexual harassment within the organization but that he’s not commenting on it beyond the boundaries (for now) of the book he wants people to buy. In response to that criticism, he created the vague impression that he was actually a victim of sexual harassment.

Griffin surely won’t be sharing any details, whatever they may be, until the time comes to sell more copies of his book. And that’s fine. It’s smart. Intentional or not, he’s constructing just enough of a mystery to make people curious about what he’ll say. And one way to satisfy that curiosity will be to buy his book.

25 responses to “LaVar Arrington, Fred Smoot criticize Robert Griffin III for waiting to “speak the truth” about Washington

  1. It will be interesting to see if players that take shots end up being players that are presented in a negative light in the book.

  2. Smoot’s sentiment is shared by others. Mike Lombardi had a line in his book, Gridiron Genius, re: RGIII and why he might have remained unemployed for so long.

  3. Griffin can write what he wants, but anyone who paid attention to that season can easily put the pieces together: young, raw, talented QB with ego problems is enabled by owner with ego problems and crashes head first into coach with ego problems.

    You can say what you want about how the injury was handled, but the initial knee injury happened in the first place because Griffin was incapable of getting out of bounds or protecting himself from bad hits once he was in “run mode.” He took that hit from Ngata directly on his knee and helicopter spun and it all spiraled into monotonous stupidity from that point. You can’t blame him for being competitive, but Washington didn’t make him choose to eek out those 2 extra yards when he could have just dove to the ground.

    As a Washington fan, I can tell you that Washington is run by bad people and deserves to be made to feel bad at all times (everyone knows this). Griffin’s inability to shoulder any blame for anything that has gone on tells you where he was coming from to begin with.

  4. It sure is setting up to appear exactly the way Smoot lays it out. Is he really just trying to grab a quick buck selling books? This will be interesting to watch as it unfolds

  5. “Bobby is an irritant, and that’s what Bobby loves to do. Bobby failed at his career in the NFL, let’s be honest, now he wants to bring attention to himself by any means necessary, and that’s why he wrote this book, and I can’t believe somebody is actually going to read it.”

    Incredible quote right here that perfectly sums up RGIII perfectly.

  6. Everyone so focused on how this “benefits” RGIII, presuming an ulterior motive.
    Rather than telling ourselves stories about why he wrote it, why not just focus on the content? Apparently, that’s what the three of them agree on.

    The dude’s got a broadcasting job and appears to be doing a good job at it. Without making assumptions, it looks to me like he wrote it when he was in a secure position to do so.

    Did Arrington or Smoot lay out their complaints in books?

    Nope.

    So how can they criticize RGIII for “waiting?” A local radio show doesn’t count.

    LaVar, Fred, we’re still “waiting” for your books.

    And as for the idea that “this (lack of character?) is why RGIII couldn’t get a job” keep in mind that he had jobs in the NFL long after that rookie year when Shanahan ruined his leg.

  7. The problem was a one year wonder in college that had his father do his bidding to fabricate the inertia for a Heisman and then exploited his son for his own profit; then his son, who never used an offensive playbook, looked at Washington’s as if it was a Calculus book. Said Great Gimmick never had to read a defense and used his legs to create open receivers since he knew NONE of the pass routes to anticipate a throw. The clown was easily sacked and had glass legs and a brain so slow to process reality that he held the ball upwards of 4 seconds. He did not want to be coached and refused to slide instead of taking hits.

    The Great Gimmick will never be more than this. You’ve likely had Pet Rocks with more mental ability than he has had in his entire life.

  8. Obviousy RG Triple-sticks was a crappy teammate. These dudes woildn’t trash him if he was good to play with. All you need to know.

  9. Lotta sour grapes here. RG3 was a spectacle event in Wash. Lots of people are interested in his perspective on it.

  10. touchback6 says:
    December 13, 2021 at 11:23 am
    What does Snyder have on Goodell?

    Goodell is a figurehead, he’s nothing. The issue is the other owners love having Snyder around because when everyone looks at his dysfunctional mess, that’s less eyes to potentially look at their own. Even well run teams have skeletons…any large organization does…and they rather have folks pay attention to Danny who makes for an easy target.

  11. Ruha Nuggetcrusher says:
    …You can say what you want about how the injury was handled, but the initial knee injury happened in the first place because Griffin was incapable of getting out of bounds or protecting himself from bad hits once he was in “run mode.”

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    Shanahan should have benched Griffin well before the injury until he learned to end his runs in a safe sliding manner that many QBs use. It is the coach’s job to drill it into their players [even stars] that there is a correct, safe way to execute plays. I believe Griffin could have developed into a quality starting QB, but it would have taken a tough, disciplined coach to contain his ego, as you described.

  12. Rather than telling ourselves stories about why he wrote it, why not just focus on the content?
    ___
    Because who people are and how it informs they way they operate in life matters.

  13. He was a horrible QB….kinda like that Lamar Jackson.Now his wife wants him to make more money.Nothing to see here

  14. RGME WAS the drama here in D.C. Most fans like me celebrated when his overrated talent and drama left! He and Snyder was a match made in heaven: completely narcissitic and toxic!

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