Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III attacked his critics through a posting on his Facebook page Monday, explaining the attention he gets and defending the commercials he appears in.
It is not clear exactly what set Griffin off, but he took much criticism, especially late this season.
"You think I want it to be national news that I visit a beach? Or shop at Walmart? Or wore red shoes instead of green yesterday? Well I don't," Griffin wrote. "I'm 'striving' for greatness just like my fellow teammates do. The 'attention' that comes with being a QB in the league is what you are referring to. All the press conferences and talking to the media? Mandated by the league to have a press conference every week during the season and during team activities during the off-season."
After a successful rookie year, Griffin struggled in his second NFL season and came off ACL surgery. He led the Redskins to an NFC East title in 2012 before the team fell to 3-13 this season.
Griffin has done commercials for Subway and Adidas. He also filmed a documentary about his recovery from the knee surgery.
"Oh wait, you must be talking about the Commercials? Right? Oh ok so what was the deal with those in 2012? WE won the division," Griffin wrote. "So in 2013 when WE get knocked down, and finish last it's because of the commercials? If that is your reasoning I have nothing more to say. WE will get back up. That is what matters. I hope I answered your question well enough. And that you keep supporting the team."
Griffin also defended wearing a sleeve on his left arm, writing that it makes him feel comfortable.
"Not to be different," he wrote. "Been wearing a sleeve and glove for 10 years. You see WE are a team."
Answer a fan question on Facebook & it is reported as an "issued statement to critics and fans".....SMH. Not the case people.— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 13, 2014