After winning over the hearts and minds of millions and soaking up the limelight as the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has seen his reputation take a massive hit.
And a report from The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins on Monday, Jan. 6 suggests RG3 has some more explaining to do.
In a column discussing Griffin's influence and eventual relationship with the next Redskins head coach, Jenkins reports the 23-year-old passer "bragged to teammates that he could procure favors from the owner and influence the franchise’s direction." On top of those jaw-dropping allegations from sources Jenkins calls "insiders," the Post columnist reports Griffin was also involved in "fierce finger-pointing tensions with his wide receivers" over the course of the 2013 season.
It remains to be seen what sort of impact this damaging report will have on Griffin or his play moving forward. However, he now has his work cut out for him if he hopes to restore his reputation and shift the focus back to his physical abilities.
While it's difficult to put a ton of stock into claims made by anonymous people within the organization, this isn't the first time Griffin has been accused of egocentric behavior.
In November 2013, NFL reporter Michael Silver reported that Griffin had requested his "bad plays" be eliminated from film study and that many within the organization perceive the former Heisman Trophy winner as "insecure":
.@MikeSilver: RG3's "bad plays" weren't put up on board in team meetings while at Baylor; has asked Redskins to do the same but they haven't— NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) November 24, 2013
.@MikeSilver: "Inside the building when you talk to people familiar with this situation they perceive RG3 as kind of insecure."— NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) November 24, 2013
Griffin had the following response to those claims, per The Washington Times' Zac Boyer:
Griffin on film report: "People are trying to character assassinate me and that's unfortunate."— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) November 26, 2013
After helping lead Washington to its first NFC East division title since 1999 in his first season at the helm, the Redskins started 3-10 with Griffin under center in 2013 before the star signal-caller was ultimately benched for the remainder of the season by former head coach Mike Shanahan.
Despite his lackluster play, Shanahan cited Griffin's health and the franchise's future as his reason for the move.
Now, just one year after hosting an NFC Wild Card Game, the Redskins are coming off of their worst season since 1994, are in the market for a new head coach and hoping to retool without what would have been the No. 2 overall pick in May's 2014 NFL draft.
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