On Monday morning, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III went on Facebook and posted a rant for the ages. He talked about how he’s a team player and does not try to draw attention to himself, contrary to what some may say.
While it’s a very commendable effort to emphasize “team”, it wasn’t necessary and could potentially backfire on him. His whole premise may have been to debunk the myth that he does things for attention, but all he’s done is draw more attention to himself. He’s done the exact opposite of what he wants to do.
Maybe the only way for him to portray his desire to not be labeled a “me” guy was do this? I disagree. The old adage, “Actions speak louder than words,” certainly comes into play here. If he wants to be viewed as a “we” guy, then just stop talking. Stop putting yourself out there to be analyzed and talked about.
Yes. It’s not his fault that photos of him surfaced at the beach or anywhere else in public, but that’s not in his control. What is in his control are his words, actions and activity on social media. He can’t control what the media says about him or if the public takes pictures of him or not.
Athletes get their photos taken without them knowing all the time. The key to their success when that happens is not dwell on that or even comment on it. It happens, and they move on. Besides, it’s not like Griffin needs to defend something he did. He doesn’t have to explain himself at all.
Rather than letting it go and heading into the offseason, he has once again drawn attention to himself. While he may have been trying to change the public perception of him, it may have only reinforced the common conception that he likes the attention.
Just because you have a Twitter or a Facebook, doesn’t mean you have to use. If I was a public relations guy for the Redskins or Griffin, I would strongly advise him to stay away from social media. Outside of the press conferences the Redskins may have him stay out of the public eye as much as he can. You can go out in public, but don’t make a big deal out of people taking your picture. Better yet, don’t even acknowledge the fact that it happened.
Robert Griffin III has a bright future in the NFL and bringing Jay Gruden into his life only makes that future brighter. However, if he wants to change his “me” guy public perception, then he needs to let his actions speak louder than his words. Instead of getting on social media or being bold for the press, he needs to work hard in the weight room and on the field, all the while keeping a low profile away from it.