by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Retired pro tennis player Andy Roddick, now appearing regularly on Fox Sports 1’s “Fox Sports Live,” thinks RGIII needs to be the center of attention all the time, and he’s sick of it.

If you’re unfamiliar with the couch-sitting, living-room style setting of “Fox Sports Live,” host Charissa Thompson serves up a topic, then directs the conversation as the co-hosts – which in this case were Roddick, Donovan McNabb and Gabe Kapler – pepper each other with fireballs for a few minutes.

The question posed by Thompson in this scenario, was simple: “It feels like he’s always in the headlines. Why?”

Let’s ignore what McNabb had to say for a second, only because we know how that plays out, and pick up the conversation with the fresh voice of Andy Roddick.

“It’s a matter of him showing the team it’s all about him all the time,” Roddick said.

“Why are we talking about RGIII right now?” Kapler asked. “Because people care. They want to know what’s going on with him. I care about him. He’s exciting.”

This was intense, if you haven’t caught on.

“Why don’t you like him?” Thompson prodded Roddick.

“No, I don’t like him needing to be the center of attention in a team game,” Roddick answered. “You know, Donovan mentioned there were always cameras throughout the entire rehab process. We had like a day-to-day update on it. I just don’t think he needs to talk as much. You don’t have to comment on everything. If Donovan says something, he feels the need to comment about it. Just let it happen.”

“But there’s so much to like about this guy, why are we always focusing on the things we don’t like about him?” Kapler said. “He’s a charismatic leader, he’s an extraordinary football player, no disputing that, so why are we always focusing about the things that are uncomfortable about him rather than lifting him up, and raising him up and celebrating him for the entertainer that he is?”

“Because he’s got to play before we focus on the good stuff,” Roddick said. “We’ve had six months of just…”

“You don’t think he played good last year?” Kapler asked.

“I thought he played well last year,” Roddick conceded. “But I’m saying…”

Enter McNabb.

“It’s a what have you done for me lately league,” McNabb pointed out.

“He hasn’t had a chance to do anything for us yet!” Kapler yelled.

Really intense.

“Well that’s the point,” McNabb said. “Do something on the field first so we can talk about that.”

“He’s been hurt! What do you want him to do?!” Kapler exclaimed.

“I want him to go about his rehab,” Roddick said. “Take care, be professional. Andrew Luck knows how to stay out of the headlines and he was just as good as RGIII next year [sic]. We don’t need to hear every little update every day.”

That’s pretty much where it ends.

Redskins fans are going to love Gabe Kapler.

Redskins fans are going to hate Andy Roddick.

On Friday, Jim Rome also blasted RGIII for not being able to “shut up about” his injury.

Related: Ex-Eagles Receiver Wants McNabb to ‘Just Be Quiet’

[Fox Sports Live]


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