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Darrell Green says RGIII is acting selfish and childish

Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins on the sideline last season. (Toni L. Sandys/ The Washington Post)
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Legendary Redskins cornerback Darrell Green joined the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday and had some harsh words about former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is looking to resurrect his career in Cleveland.

“I don’t appreciate his moral stance, what he’s doing with his wife, his kids,” Green said of Griffin, who has reportedly been separated from his wife of three years for months and has the name of his new girlfriend, Florida State heptathlete Grete Sadeiko, tattooed on his forearm. “I mean, he’s jacked up, and that’s not good. I don’t appreciate that. When you have responsibilities — young people looking at you, [he] had this whole city in his hands — and when you do that, you’re responsible for more than yourself and that’s selfish and that’s childish, the way he’s operating.”

I’m a Redskins fan, and I still can’t quit RGIII first reported that Griffin planned to file for divorce from his wife, Rebecca Liddicoat, last month. The couple had a daughter, Reese Ann, in May 2015. Green was asked where things went wrong with Griffin, who led Washington to the NFC East title as a rookie in 2012.

“It’s all on him, but I’ve said this before, this whole idea of fame — rich and famous — these players … forget rich,” Green said. “He’s so famous and he never took one snap, he was famous, and that’s hard to deal with I guess. That’s just hard to manage, but he didn’t manage it well at all.”

Green was similarly critical of Griffin’s off-the-field decisions before last season.

“The first time that Robert Griffin III stepped on the field he was not only rich, but he was famous,” he said last September. “Incredibly famous. More famous than any player [on the team] and he had never even taken a play,” he said. “That’s a different ballgame. That’s a different management level, and a different need for management skills. Both personal and relational. I think that he’s made mistakes. And I’d say the mistakes he’s made have not been with his feet or his arms, they’ve been more with his mouth. I think the same thing in terms of the [team] leadership. A lot of guys … made mistakes.”

Green said he’d “be surprised” if things work out well for Griffin in Cleveland and added that he considered Kirk Cousins the Redskins’s best option at quarterback from the first time he saw him during the 2012 preseason.

“I played 20 years, so I saw all the quarterbacks,” Green said. “Kirk Cousins is Mark Rypien. What I mean by that is, he’s smart, he has the skill, he is not the superior skill guy, [but] he has the skill to be a solid quarterback. Mark won a Super Bowl.”