After Robert Griffin’s account III “liked” an Instagram post criticizing Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and the front office while praising him, the quarterback posted a message on social media denying he had personally “liked” the post.
I just wanted to set the record straight on this one. I did not “like” that IG post ridiculing our team. I have not been social media active consistently for awhile now and am ultra-focused on working to get back on the field and trying to help this team. One of our interns who helps with Instagram liked the post. As soon as I was made aware of it, it was immediately unliked. That is not how I feel and I appreciate your understanding. #HTTR
Griffin, who lost the starting quarterback job to Kirk Cousins on Monday, has been embroiled in controversy revolving around social media before. In February, an Instagram video of Griffin singing along with Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” turned into a verbal contretemps with a commenter.
The commenter blasted, “This is why you will be cut after next year in Washington. Why you weren’t even mentioned as the future. You are a ‘QB’. Act like one.” He added, that Griffin “cares more about his brand, social media than working in his craft.”
Griffin fired back, “If giving back to the community and training for football at the same time is frowned upon … then what would you say I do Sir? Not give back or Train? Honest Question.” And then, “Oh wait … and should I not enjoy a classic song with others who Love MJ? I’m just asking for your wisdom here.”
Responding to another user, Griffin said, “Players put too much time into our profession to be told posting on social media 2 or 3 times a day is a sign that you don’t focus on your craft.” After the user replied that Griffin should behave more like the leader of the team, Griffin calmly answered, “No need to act like a leader, just gonna be one as always. The case you tried to make isn’t supported by anything I have done. Fun loving, motivation & football based commercials? Motivation and family related social media post?”
The user then brought up a letter the Redskins wrote to premium season-ticket holders that called four players the team’s nucleus and neglected to include Griffin.
Griffin has battled concussion symptoms. After a stellar rookie season, his injuries and uneven play prompted continuing calls for the Redskins get rid of him. But Redskins coach Coach Jay Gruden says wants Griffin on the team, stating, “His future is with the Washington Redskins.”