Objectionable RGIII license plate update

November 20, 2013

via @andy_boothe

Yesterday we told you the story of a Cowboys fan just trying to express himself and his fandom with an objectionable RGIII-inspired license plate. A Redskins fan brought the plates to the attention of the DMV, who vowed to investigate, and the internet immediately took sides. After the story went viral, the owner of the plates surfaced to defend his choice. Tommy Little tweeted out this message, trying to get some publicity for his cause.


He also sent variations of that tweet to the Redskins and Cowboy’s team accounts, ESPN, CBS Sports, and the personal Twitter accounts for Dez Bryant, RGIII, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. WRIC in Richmond picked up the story, and they found out that the DMV had already recalled Little’s plates.

“It turns out the DMV actually recalled this message back in July,” DMV spokesperson Sunni Brown told WRIC. “It is now on our no issue list.”

Little was asked to turn in his plates, and his appeal at the time was unsuccessful. He still insists that the plates should be allowed.

“It’s a letter F,” he told WRIC. “There’s no vulgar word on the plate. It’s how you interpret it. Why is that on me?”

It’s a weak argument, and one he knows won’t work.

“I’m probably going to switch out the plates,” he said. “I don’t think I should have to, but it’s a battle I can’t win, especially in Redskins country.”

As for Andy Boothe, the person who tweeted the alert to the DMV in the first place, he had to delete his Twitter account, likely due to the wrath of angry Cowboys fans. To add the cherry to the top of this sundae of nonsense, according to Deadspin, Boothe’s own license plate reads “RG3FTW.”

Perhaps no one can wrap this story up better than Niles Paul, who had this to say when I talked to him about it on Wednesday:

“He’s corny, the other guy’s corny. Everybody’s corny.”

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