Robert Griffin III responds to critics regarding social media activity


Robert Griffin III, here signing autographs for fans before the preseason game Aug. 7 against the Patriots, likes to connect with his fans via social media as well. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

After having to hear criticisms about his decision-making in the 48 hours that followed Washington’s preseason game against the Browns on Monday night, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took to Twitter on Wednesday evening. He told the critics to continue doubting him.

“They doubted in High School. They doubted a turnaround at @Baylor. They doubted a Heisman was possible. Keep doubting. It’s nothing New,” he tweeted at 5:58 p.m.

Two hours later, he followed up with, “Because at the end of the day, in the Griffin Household we read Philippians 4:12-13. We can do ALL things. Through Him & For Him.”

Griffin posted the same message on his Facebook and Instagram accounts. But his message sparked only more scrutiny. On Thursday, Griffin responded to questions about the source of his perceived frustration. But he said no further explanation was needed.

“You can say what you want in that regard, but as far as I’m concerned, I said what I needed to say,” he said. “There’s no need to look into it. It’s right there. It’s on Facebook, it’s on Instagram and it’s on Twitter. And it’s what our household deems necessary to go out there every day and be successful. That’s all I have to say.”

Griffin is always active on Twitter. Most of the time, he uses it to send out inspirational messages to his fans. In response, he receives both tweets of adoration and condemnation from followers. The critical voices argue that Griffin shouldn’t be so active in the social media realm, and that he should instead focus on football.

But Griffin disagreed.

“To each his own, but you know, but there’s 1.1 million people on Twitter that want to hear what quarterbacks and guys have to say,” he said. “It’s not like we tweet all the time. But, any time we tweet something, it gets blown up. But it is what it is.”

Griffin, by the way, has 1.17 million Twitter followers.

He added that tweeting doesn’t interfere with his job in any way.

“It is what it is,” the quarterback said. “We spend a lot of our day focused on football, so when we get a chance to unwind, whether it’s watching reality TV or being on Twitter for five minutes out of the day, that’s subtracting from what we do on the field or in the film room. A lot of these guys have to find ways – just like myself – to unwind or just relax for 10, 20 minutes out of the day, and that’s what we do.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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