ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the decision to start Griffin didn't come from Gruden, and ESPN's Britt McHenry reported that Griffin had "alienated" himself in the Redskins locker room. McHenry's report added an anecdote that purported to display that characterization:
When Griffin began addressing the media in the locker room on Friday for the first time since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2, about 15 teammates began shouting. It was so loud and distracting, the franchise quarterback -- and reporters -- had to leave the locker room so Griffin could speak someplace where he could be heard. That’s when the cheering got even more boisterous.
But some local reporters, according to The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg, rejected the way McHenry described the incident in the locker room, saying the Redskins' players were aiming at the media and the team's public-relations staff instead. And after the Redskins' 29-26 loss to the Vikings on Sunday, Gruden forcefully disputed the report.
“I saw those,” Gruden said of the reports after the game, according to Steinberg. “It was an amateurish report. It was totally not true. And for anybody who reads that to believe that, they’re an amateur. Anybody who reports that’s an amateur. It’s totally false. And just something else that you have to deal with up here at a press conference, that Robert has to deal with, that the players have to deal with, that they’re going to write about and ask about.
“But we are in D.C., and it is Robert Griffin, and they’re always going to try to tear him down and tear us down for whatever reason. But we’re going to stay united as a locker room, and that’s that. We’re not going to let anybody get to us. That’s some small-time reporter reporting fiction.”
- Brett LoGiurato