On RGIII decision, Marion Barry has Mike Shanahan’s back

January 8, 2013

Marion Barry thinks RG3 was right to play hurt. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan has been — to put it mildly — roundly second-guessed for his decision to allow star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to continue playing after re-injuring his ailing right knee in the first quarter of Sunday’s playoff game.

Griffin stayed in the game, visibly limping, until his knee crumpled in the fourth quarter. He is now suspected of having two torn ligaments.

But Shanahan can rest assured knowing that one prominent Skins fan thinks he has done no wrong: D.C. Council member Marion Barry.

Asked Tuesday whether Griffin should have remained in the game, Barry said, “Absolutely.”

“He had taken us to [seven consecutive wins] and it’s a matter of team morale, et cetera,” Barry said. “I would suspect that the coaches, the great majority of team members on the Redskins would have been awfully upset, and I think a lot of fans would have been upset. … I know I’d be upset.”

Didn’t it bother you that he was limping, that he was visibly in pain? 

“But it’s up to him,” Barry said. “He’s an athlete. A whole bunch of athletes play hurt, you know. He was our symbol of success.”

Doesn’t it give you pause that it appears he badly hurt himself and could be out for much of the next season?

“Of course, it gives me pause,” Barry said. “But, I’m saying, at the moment, we didn’t know that. The coach made the right decision to keep him in. There’d have been a rebellion in the stadium had he taken him out.”

For a different perspective, check out what Etan Thomas, the former Wizards center, had to say over at The Root DC.

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · January 8, 2013