Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took on a critic on his Instagram account on Monday.
Griffin posted a video of himself singing along to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" earlier in the day, with the caption "Jamming to MJ on the way to get that work in this morning #BillyJean. What you working with this morning?"
According to the Washington Post, a user, @cperezr, then commented on the video with "This is why you will be cut after next year in Washington. Why you weren’t even mentioned as the future. You are a 'QB'. Act like one."
The user also wrote "[Griffin] cares more about his brand, social media than working in his craft. After the 2016 seasons respond back to me if I am wrong. He will be cut by the Redskins after those years. Brees, Brady, Rodgers, Manning don’t act this way. Very simple observation."
Griffin responded back, and the following exchange took place, according to the Post:
@rgiii: @cperezrn If giving back to the community and training for football at the same time is frowned upon…..then what would you say I do Sir? Not give back or Train? Honest Question
Oh wait…and should I not enjoy a classic song with others who Love MJ? I’m just asking for your wisdom here.
@cperezrn: It’s about the image @rgiii. Whether or not you are training trying to get better it’s all about how you present yourself. Your coach, owner doesn’t want to see you present yourself in this matter. Think about it for a minute. You grew up in a military family. I am also a military man. Ask your father, mother it’s how you present yourself.
@rgiii: And I’m presenting myself in a negative way by doing…..what exactly?
@cperezrn: Never said you were presenting yourself in a “negative” way. Just seems that you care more about your social media, commercial’s and brand than football. That’s all bud. Good luck next year. @rgiii. Hope you prove your fans wrong.
@rgiii: And what or who makes it seem that way? The fans are the ones who support not the ones I have to prove wrong
After others jumped in and defended Griffin, the quarterback wrote, "Appreciate Ya. Players put too much time into our profession to be told posting on social media 2 or 3 times a day is a sign that you don’t focus on your craft.."
In December, Griffin quit social media for a few weeks, saying that his words were getting “twisted and turned” against him.
Griffin, who spent time on injured reserve with a dislocated ankle and later temporarily lost his starting job, finished the 2014 season with 1,694 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.
- Molly Geary