RGIII’s quest to become Commanders minority owner takes huge step
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Commanders aren’t up for sale yet, but things are trending in that direction after Dan Snyder hired Bank of America securities to explore potential transactions, including selling the team. Former Commanders quarterback Robert Griffin III led the celebrations on Twitter in one of the most memorable days in Washington Football history.
Snyder’s earth-shattering move has already prompted billionaire businessmen like Jeff Bezos and Mat Ishbia, and on-screen stars like Matthew McConaughey and Byron Allen, to prepare potential bids if Snyder ends up selling.
While Bezos, Ishbia, Allen, Josh Harris and Todd Boehly are considered the favorites to become majority owners, the idea of adding local flavor to the minority stakes is something all fans can get behind.
Take D.C. native and lifelong Washington fan Kevin Durant for instance. Who’d be opposed to Durant owning a small piece of the pie?
What about Robert Griffin III? Unlike Durant, Griffin as been outspoken about his desire to join forces with a potential new ownership group. So much so that Griffin pledged on Twitter to pay for a stake in the Commanders and wants 10 fans (who don’t have to pay anything) to join him.
Robert Griffin III pushing to become Commanders minority owner.
This is an awesome gesture from Griffin. Some fans didn’t take him serious at first, but the former Offensive Rookie of the Year isn’t bluffing. In fact, just hours after his initial tweet, Griffin revealed he received a $100 million (!) offer.
"“This city deserves an ownership group that’s as diverse as the city it represents,” Griffin said in the video. “I did not bring the championship I wish I could have, but, at the end of the day, it would be a dream come true to be part of an ownership group that brings the city the winner it deserves.”"
If you thought $100 million was a lot, what if we told you Griffin has raised nearly half a billion in just over a week of fundraising?
Simply incredible. At this rate, potential majority owners might have no choice but to accept Griffin’s group for a minority stake. Griffin made $33.7 million in his career and his $400 million raised funds would pay for less than 6% of the final sale price assuming the team sells for $7 billion like rumors suggest.
Griffin’s career didn’t pan out how he or Washington fans had hoped after he went scorched earth as a rookie in 2012. That year, he led the Commanders to a 9-6 record while completing over 65% of his passes for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns to five interceptions, to go with 815 yards and seven scores on the ground.
What do you think, Commanders fans? Will RGIII fulfill his dream to become a minority owner for the franchise that drafted him No. 2 overall?