Robert Griffin III is back in the news. The last we heard from RGIII, he was posting video of his highlights from what appeared to be a pickup game against middle-aged Estonian men. Oh, and he was getting clowned by Martellus Bennett, who retweeted it with: Hahaha. RG3 hooping in the Viagra League. Hahaha.
But now he’s back in the headlines and of course it’s about his time in Washington. Former receiver Santana Moss appeared on 106.7 in Washington on Monday and said that Griffin was gloating when Mike Shanahan was fired. Moss laid out the situation in 2013: it’s a whole big dilemma in the locker room, in the meeting rooms, and just in our building, that, you know, the man, Mike Shanahan, and RG is not seeing eye to eye.” He went on to say, “And before you know it, RG’s not playing. … I’m not sure if that was [Griffin’s] whole plan, but when the whole thing went about, we hear that Mike Shanahan’s not coming back the next year, then we hear the quarterback like, ‘Hey, mmhmm.’ Like basically saying that, ‘Hey, you got me out of here not playing last year the last few games, then that’s what happens. You get fired.’ You can’t do that. One thing I just shared with you, God don’t like ugly.”
God don’t like ugly is a great line and gloating about someone getting fired is about as ugly as you can get. I don’t care how bad it gets between Bob and the Lobster, gloating about someone losing a gig is seriously ugly. And it’s about to get uglier, because Moss wasn’t done.
“So 2014 comes, and Jay Gruden comes in, and he don’t care. We see that now. He doesn’t care. He don’t care what he says about you, he doesn’t care what he says at you. And he rips RG every chance he gets, like every meeting, and we’re sitting there looking like, ‘Yeah. You know what? You were just so happy that Mike and Kyle and them is gone, but now you’re getting your behind ripped every day, because you’re not playing the kind of football that we need to play for us to be successful.’ So it comes back and bites you in your behind because now you see this guy is at home.”
So he goes from the relationship with the Shanahan’s to getting chewed out daily by Gruden. As Moss points out, when someone gets fired, it’s usually more complicated than just one player wanting them out, but in this case, RGIII certainly seemed to want to take a lot of the credit.
“I feel that a lot of stuff goes into play when it comes to who gets fired and hired. It’s all about numbers. But regardless of what went on when it came down to those decisions of why those guys was gone, it was almost like that was on him, that he took that to say, ‘Well, hey. That’s what happens when you mess with me.’ And that’s how we felt. We saw it live, in person, up in front.”
You knew there was no way that Robert Griffin III was going to just let that slide. The dude has no job, plenty of time, and a phone in his hands, so he was going to start firing. And he went with a string that included lines like:
No subtweeting needed Santana Moss; I treat you like a brother & have always had your back. To openly lie about me is a betrayal…..
Been lied on a lot over the years
That’s right, Robert. Just keep tweeting through it.
Put in an impossible situation w/ a coach who never wanted me. Made players like Santana Moss a believer through hard work, film study…
Uhh, it doesn’t sound like Santana was a believer, Bob. Or maybe I should say, yes, you made a player like Santana Moss a believer, but they didn’t believe the things you thought they believed. They believed you were a coach killer and they believed you celebrated when a guy lost his job because he messed with you.
Some so desperately want me to fit this negative narrative that has been pushed about me. But I don’t fit it. Never have. Never will.
Actually, I hate to break it to you, but if you’re posting videos of highlights of you playing Viagra League basketball in Estonia during Week 1 of the NFL season, that negative narrative completely fits. If the negative narrative didn’t fit, you’d be with a team right now. But the combination of injuries and the negative narrative meant you’re not even holding a clipboard on an NFL sideline, you’re hooping in a cramped gym in Eastern Europe.
I don’t know who to believe here, other than it makes no sense for Santana Moss to come rolling in and start making up stories about RGIII. And secondly, this fits the whole RGIII in Washington narrative. The meeting in 2013 where he reportedly told the coaching staff what plays were acceptable and what were unacceptable to call. The social media feuds. The rumors about him only wanting positive plays shown in meetings.
I’m not sure what’s more amazing: that a 27-year-old with a Heisman Trophy, an Offensive Rookie of the Year award, and a Pro Bowl trip on his resume is out of work. Or that we’re still talking about his time in DC when he last played a game there three years ago.
I just know this won’t be the last time we talk about him. Just as I know RG ME still doesn’t get it. Hey, Bob, how can I always be someone else’s fault? Let me help you with that. It can’t. Now stop talking football, because you don’t play that anymore, and get back to draining jumpers over accountants in Estonia.