Soccer Player's Tribute Mistaken for Popular Cartoon Dog

By Phil Naegely
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In case you missed it, popular animation show Family Guy killed off popular character and dog Brian Griffin. On Tuesday, League One Wolverhampton striker Leigh Griffiths scored a goal and revealed his undershirt that read RIP Brian. Everyone’s initial reaction was he was honoring the dog Brian, however, Wolverhampton later clarified that the tribute was for Leigh’s friend Brian not the Family Guy character.


In addition to this mix up, fans of Brian Griffin are petitioning the show to bring him back. This mix up shows how assumptions get the best of us and that we do not know the personal lives of every player. Additionally, this incident clearly indicates that society’s priorities are consumed by television shows like Family Guy.

For Griffiths, it was proper way for him to remember a friend. The tribute was done after he scored a goal and revealed his undershirt that read “R.I.P Brian” with the whole thing perfectly captured on camera.

I understand the timeliness of Brian the dog’s “death” and Griffiths tribute, but I doubt that the dog’s death was really on the player’s mind. Furthermore, I’d like to know if the Wolverhampton striker even watches the animated show.

One thing is for certain: His tribute caused a lot of miscommunication and confusion before the team clarified which Brian he was referring to. In the end, I hope Griffiths can properly mourn the death of his friend. At the same time, I find it funny that this whole mix up occurred in the first place.

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