WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — In an interview with Lavar Arrington and Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, Robert Griffin III was asked about the Redskins name from a varying degree of angles, one of them being whether or not he feels he has the opportunity to be the Muhammad Ali of his generation, by standing up and taking a stance against the team’s name.
His response: “It’s just not the time.”
Not ‘no,’ not ‘yes,’ and not ‘stop asking me these questions,’ but, ‘it’s just not the time.’
Maybe that means something. Maybe that means nothing.
Read his full response to the question, and you be the judge.
“When it comes to those conversations, it’s just not the time,” Griffin said. “And I understand, trust me, I’m African American, I’ve grown up being African American my entire life and I understand oppression and all the things that come with it. But for us, like I said, as players, we have to control what we can control right now, and right now that’s the football season. If anything to that extent came up as a player, and you had an opportunity to be the Muhammad Ali of your generation, when it comes to oppression and just things being wrong — my parents grew up in that time, I’ve heard stories about it, I’ve watched movies about it; I understand that — and if it comes to that, then you make a decision at that time, but at this time particularly, we have to focus on what we can control.”
Prior to that specific question and then once more after, Griffin would have opportunities to respond to name related questioning, responding with forms of ‘we have to focus on what we can control.’
You can read those responses, along with their accompanying questions, too, if you’d like:
For you, how does it work being out? I’m sure you get enough of hearing about a knee brace or the Washington Redskins team name.
“We hear a lot about it just because, in this area, it’s going to be talked about because it directly affects our organization. But as players, and I think I can speak for the players and the coaches for the extent, that we know that we have to focus on what we can control, and that’s what happens on the football field. And our focus is on making sure that this season is much better, not just a little bit, but much better than last year, cause that’s not acceptable. So that’s what we’re focused on, man, and we have the power to change that, and the other stuff is a bunch of legal things that are going on, that us as players, we can’t focus on that. Like I said, we gotta focus on what we can control, and we know what we can and what we can’t.”
Are you worried at all, Robert, about it, becoming a distraction? I mean, there’s so many football things you could be talking about, but this is what everyone is talking about — will it become a distraction in the locker room?
“That’s the beauty of football. When you’re in that locker room — and Lavar, you know this — it doesn’t matter what’s going on outside of it, when it comes to legal matters and things of that nature, we’re focused on football. Guys are focused on making the football team, providing for their families, getting that next paycheck. So in the locker room, this is not a topic of discussion; we’re talking about Cover 2 slights, and quarters, and 3 Deep, things like that for the defense, and on offense, we’re talking about our plays and where we have to go with the ball in certain situations. So, as football players, we’re focused on that and not what’s going on outside.”