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Robert Griffin III strongly defends father for Monday’s locker room visit

Robert Griffin III strongly defended his father for visiting the Redskins’ locker room after Monday night’s loss to the 49ers (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Quarterback Robert Griffin III strongly defended his father for making an unexpected postgame visit to the Washington Redskins’ locker room Monday night to check on his son’s well-being.

Griffin acknowledged he was “shocked” to see his father in the locker room but said that Robert Griffin Jr. was “not overstepping any bounds” and anyone critical of the visit needs to “back off.”

“I don’t know what all has been said,” the quarterback said Wednesday at Redskins Park. “I just know it hasn’t all been positive. My dad came to check on me. He came to check on me to make sure I wasn’t injured. Mom was upset. He wanted to do his fatherly duties and step in there and see if I was okay. So that’s all I can say.”

But Griffin said more when asked further about the subject during his weekly news conference.

“Family members sometimes come in the locker room,” Griffin said. “So I’m not gonna say whose family members are in the locker room. It’s just he showed up. Yeah, I was shocked that he was there. But he meant no harm. And anybody out there that’s going after my dad needs to back up. That is my father. I will protect my family. And he served 21 years in the military. I know that’s not an excuse for anything that he does. But he’s not overstepping any bounds. So… I hope people respect that and will back off.”

The elder Griffin visited his son in the home locker room at FedEx Field following the Redskins’ 27-6 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers. Griffin had been kicked in the groin during the game. He did not leave the game.

“When he came in there, he asked me if I was okay,” Griffin said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I’m all right.’ And then me and him just talked and then that’s it.”

Griffin said his parents had been concerned about him “just taking a couple shots. Obviously I got kicked in the [groin]. He wanted to see if I was okay there…. So he was just checking on that. It was more so just my mom…. No mom wants to see her kid out there getting hit at all. So, like I said, it was just him being a father, my mom being a mother. And there’s no problem in that.”

Of the kick to the groin that he absorbed, Griffin said it was no big deal.

“There will be a Griffin IV,” he said. “There will be.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

● Jordan Reed practices, and the rest of today’s injury report.

● The Redskins practice at 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday and 10:25 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.

More from The Post:

Fred Davis denies missing meetings | Shanahan: Be patient with Griffin as a passer

Jenkins: Bench Griffin for his own sake | Bog: Brooks agrees | Gruden: Play Cousins

D.C. Sports Bog: Canty says Cousins gives Redskins a better shotMore

As season comes apart, Redskins acknowledge that no jobs are safe

Wise: Shanahan isn’t the problem here; it’s the roster

Follow: @MikeJonesWaPo | @MarkMaske | @Insider | Insider on Facebook

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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