Robert Griffin III’s “Surviving Washington” is dead

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Surviving Washington has not.

In late November, former Commanders quarterback Robert Griffin III announced that he’ll be writing an “explosive tell-all” about “the shocking mismanagement and toxic culture within the most dysfunctional professional football team in America.” Now, as reported by Eric Bickel of 106.7 The Fan in D.C., the book is dead.

Per Bickel, Griffin’s book — Surviving Washington — is no longer in the works. Co-author Gary Myers, via Bickel, has moved on. An unnamed source told 106.7 The Fan that Griffin had “second thoughts” about writing the book, which was due to be published in August.

Griffin’s past tweets about the book have been deleted, and the preorder link on the publisher’s website is gone.

In his comments about the book, Griffin hinted that he witnessed sexual harassment within the organization. When pressed on the subject, he suggested that he was actually a victim. He never elaborated on that point.

Apparently, he never will. Or, if he does, it won’t happen in book form.

We contacted Myers for confirmation. He said that he has been instructed to refer all questions to Griffin and his literary agent. We have sent his literary agent a request for comment/clarification, but we have not yet received a response.

The plug can get pulled on a book project for various reasons. In this case, it’s possible that Griffin and the publisher feared potential litigation from Washington owner Daniel Snyder. It could be that Griffin’s current employer, ESPN, nudged him away from taking such direct and inflammatory shots at one of the teams with which ESPN does business. (Once upon a time, the NFL twisted ESPN’s arm into dropping the show Playmakers, which is precisely why the title of my new book is Playmakers.)

Whatever the reason, Griffin hasn’t simply canceled the plan to publish the book. He also has scrubbed away any evidence that it ever existed. We’ll wait to see whether he or his literary agent will address the situation.

Maybe Griffin will decide to tell the story of why he didn’t write a book in a book.

16 responses to “Robert Griffin III’s “Surviving Washington” is dead

  1. He was supposed to be the next great NFL quarterback and that got scrubbed, too, so this development is very on brand.

  2. As the author and editor of several books, I can tell you this: writing the book and getting it published comes *before* blabbing about it.

  3. Reminds me of when Kramer was going to replace all the furniture in his apartment with levels.

  4. I wonder if RG3 planned a tell-all chapter with Hue Jackson about them getting paid to tank with the Browns
    …oh wait…never mind

  5. Maybe “second thoughts” is in the Memo section of the check someone wrote him to kill the book?

  6. kevwest says:
    March 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm
    He was supposed to be the next great NFL quarterback and that got scrubbed, too, so this development is very on brand.

    That happens when you have a torn ACL and your coach forces you to continue playing.

  7. Or he made it up, still seeking attention as always?
    This is exactly why he never had the juice as a NFL QB.

    Blame the knee all you want.

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