Redskins' QB Robert Griffin III Tackles 'Political Correctness' on Twitter

John BibbAnalyst IIIMay 2, 2013

Robert Griffin III wearing the burgundy and gold during the teams NFC Wild Card game January 6, 2013.
Robert Griffin III wearing the burgundy and gold during the teams NFC Wild Card game January 6, 2013.USA TODAY Sports

Arguments surrounding the Washington Redskins' name and cries of insensitivity to Native Americans took a interesting twist this week as Robert Griffin III publicly voiced an opinion on Twitter.

RG3 has nearly 900,000 people who follow his every word when he posts something to Twitter. When he made the following remark April 30, he set the media scrambling for space on the front page yet again.

In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 30, 2013

This all comes following last Saturday's headline- and highlight-filled media bonanza where in the span of 24 hours RG3 was big news for not only what he did, but what he didn't do.

First was his appearance at the Washington Redskins' fan appreciation and draft day celebration when he delighted fans after jumping up and down to music—an attempt to show his knee was strong and his rehabilitation from knee surgery is coming along as planned.

Later that same night, he was headline material yet again after snubbing President Barack Obama and the media elite at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. This black-tie event is one of the hottest tickets in town and the place to be and be seen, schmoozing with TV news bigwigs.


He did attend the ultra-exclusive after party, hosted by Vanity Fair/Bloomberg, as a guest of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. The bigger story was RG3 snubbing the pre-event, invitation-only pre-dinner party hosted by President Obama.




While his Twitter message gained in popularity as more than 13,000 people retweeted his message, many people, including members of the media, praised RG3 for speaking his mind on the subject.

All of the reaction, subsequent news articles, support and response occurred without RG3 mentioning the Redskins' name controversy by name in his message.

RG3 felt compelled to explain himself in a later Twitter message:

Tyranny- "a condition imposed by some outside agency or force

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 30, 2013

And a follow-up to that message less than one hour later:

If we speak..we say it the wrong wayIf we do not speak we are cowards....

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 1, 2013

Needless to say, when someone as high profile as RG3 speaks, people listen. Athletes are taking to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook more often than ever before and it has certainly made it easier to get a quote or a soundbite from media darlings such as Robert Griffin III.

When all is said and done, which will never happen, the Washington Redskins changing their name to something more sensitive and politically correct does not appear to be happening in the immediate future.


The team name "Redskins" has been associated with the team since 1933, as they were formerly called the Boston Braves—sharing the team name and stadium with the baseball team in Boston prior to moving to Washington, D.C. in 1937.

Thursday afternoon, reported a new Associated Press-GfK poll showing that nationally, nearly four in five Americans don't think the team should change its name. Only 11 percent think it should be changed, while 8 percent weren't sure and 2 percent didn't answer. 


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