Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III’s Facebook Rant Not Necessary

Robert Griffin III

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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.

Brian Skinnell is a freelance sports writer for RantSports.com and contributor at Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your network on Google.


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  • Ron Burgundy and Gold

    Honestly I disagree, and I could actually empathize with alot of what he said. He has kept a pretty low profile (as much as he can), which is VERY difficult for him to do (he even left town for the coaching search, probably for that purpose). Furthermore, he is arguably the most scrutinized individal in pro sports (arguably, none else comes to my mind), he’s human and can get frustrated like anyone else. However, That post was not incendiary in nature and was not a “rant for the ages”.. It was directed at fans/detractors on Facebook specifically, and he addressed some of the ridiculuanous criticisms that he has to deal with everyday because, let’s face it, the media has been VERY harsh on him. And for you, a source of that constant criticism over minutiae, to write an article about just taking it on the chin and not uttering a word about it, doesn’t seem to be taking any sort of high road, despite the self-riteous tone that your article has. Youre were one of the first writers to put a negative spin on his facebook post, almost as if you wanted to lead the charge. There will be others Im sure, but I ask that before you write your next slanted article, perhaps it should be about someone who deserves criticism (or even make it constructive, what a concept). ARod, how about him?