Had Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said at a press conference what he said on recent Facebook post, the media would lambasting him for being unprofessional. But by responding to a fan’s comment on his Facebook page, RGIII found a way to communicate his feelings to his fans directly, and not the media.
Which in my opinion makes it OK. Had a news reporter questioned him about the negative attention he gets, and Griffin responded the way he did, then he would have been wrong. Because one thing Griffin needs to do is to learn how to hold his tongue, and stick to generic talking points when it comes to responding to the media.
RGIII has learned the hard way that being honest and candid with the media doesn’t give you any bonus points with them, and only brings you negative feedback in the end. Because honesty generates headline news, and the media can use it against you and create a controversy where there is none.
Also, this was a response and not an unsolicited statement. Meaning RGIII didn’t volunteer his feelings without being asked about it first. And he doesn’t really have to address it either, because it is what it is. A response to a question, and when the media inevitably asks RGIII about it, he can say the response explains itself.
But I think Facebook gave Robert Griffin III a perfectly indirect way to respond to the criticism he’s received. By using Facebook, he came off as a more of a person than a superstar professional athlete. And he answered the charges many have leveled against him, in a way he could not have before without being criticized for it.
And some will criticize him for this too, as some are erroneously claiming he “issued a statement” on his Facebook page. But Robert Griffin III got some things off his chest. And considering the amount of criticism he’s received, I think it was a long time coming.