I don’t even know what’s happening any more. National reporters, being interviewed on local radio stations, are no-commenting questions about Robert Griffin III’s father.
And before you yell at me for being complicit in this process, let me point out that I’m including this dialogue with the hope that next time an influential reporter details the activities of a player’s parent during a radio interview, he or she will think twice before no-commenting a follow-up question about whether there is anything untoward in such activities.
This all happened during Adam Schefter’s weekly appearance on ESPN 980’s the Sports Fix, a segment that has increasingly sounded like an attempt to debrief Mike Shanahan’s therapist in recent weeks. Schefter, you’ll recall, has a little bit of a past with Shanahan.
ESPN 980’s Kevin Sheehan: “The story that Jason Cole wrote yesterday in Bleacher Report about RGIII being uncoachable, the father’s level of intrusiveness — what do you know about either one of those situations?”
Schefter: “I mean, I think going back to the draft there have always been questions about his father’s involvement and how much he’s been involved. That’s not a new issue.”
Sheehan: “Has that continued?”
Schefter: “Listen, his father’s been on the sidelines going back to last season, so I’m going to guess yes. I mean, go back to last year. He was on the sidelines during I think the Cleveland game, right? I think he was on the sideline for the Cleveland game. I think he was on the sideline for that game. He was on the sideline for the game at Cleveland last year, he was on the sideline for the game at Philadelphia last year, he was on the sideline for the regular season finale against Dallas last year. I mean, I don’t know, you tell me — is it common for fathers to be on the sidelines of games?”
Sheehan: “You tell me.”
Schefter: [Pause.] “No comment.”
Sheehan: “I don’t know the answer to that.”
Schefter: “I don’t think it’s very common. Listen, his father – and he can do whatever he wants, you know. I haven’t seen that very often.”
Sheehan: “You think the father’s lobbying for Art Briles? You think that’s a true story or not?”
Schefter: “I would venture to say that that’s probably true. I would agree with that.”