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Did Robert Griffin III Display Backbone or Immaturity in Recent Facebook Rant?

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This week, the Washington Redskins made a decision to go with Jay Gruden as their new head coach. One of the biggest aspects of that decision was to make their franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III more comfortable within his role and the organization. Over the course of the last year, Griffin had taken some heat from his critics about how his 2013 campaign went.

Did Griffin come back too soon? Did he rush his rehab? Did former coach Mike Shanahan have a hand in rushing him back? How come Griffin seemed willing to sacrifice his body even after an ACL tear in his rookie season? Was there something wrong with his mechanics following the injury?

Recently, Griffin decided to address his critics who have been chock full of all of these questions over the last 12 months. The way he went about it, though, was a bit… well, let’s call it more of an adolescent move. Griffin took to Facebook this week in a long rant regarding his critics and all the flack he’s taken over this past year.

 

“You see WE do these things because they make us comfortable. Not to be different. Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years. You see WE are a team,” he wrote. “You think I want it to be national news that I visit a beach? Or shop at Walmart? Or wore red shoes instead if green yesterday? Well I don’t. I’m “striving” for greatness just like my fellow teammates do. The “attention” that comes with being a QB in the league is what you are referring to. All the press conferences and talking to the media? Mandated by the league to have a press conference every week during the season and during team activities during the off-season. Oh wait, you must be talking about the Commercials? Right?

“Oh ok so what was the deal with those in 2012? WE won the division. So in 2013 when WE get knocked down, and finish last it’s because of the commercials? If that is your reasoning I have nothing more to say. WE will get back up. That is what matters. I hope I answered your question well enough. And that you keep supporting the team.”

 

While I admire the fact that Griffin wants to stand up for himself, was he justified in taking to a social network in order to do so? Of course, we have all been tempted to take to a social network to vent a bit. After all, that’s what Facebook wants us to do right? Up at the top of your Facebook home page, what is the first thing that pops up on everyone’s news feed?

“What’s on your mind?”

It’s interesting, really. Many of us criticize those that take to a social network to vent or rant about something when, in reality, that’s one of the sole purposes of a network like Facebook. I guess you could say that if you do not wish to see some of the “drama” those networks have to offer, maybe you should go back to living under a rock, writing letters to all of your friends and loved ones.

Or, as I’m sure Griffin would agree, just “unlike” his page and call it a day.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.