WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Maybe you remember the Arby’s restaurant in Richmond dedicating a parking space to Robert Griffin III in advance of Redskins training camp, maybe you don’t.
Regardless, it’s happened again.
While the previous sign reserving the spot, marked, “Reserved Parking – RGII” was removed at the insistence of the Redskins (Griffin endorses competing food chain, Subway), the same restaurant elected to go with a safer bet this year, partitioning off a parking space for “Redskins Great LaVar Arrington.”
The reason being?
“With the excitement and the buzz with the RGIII sign last year, we figured we’d do something again,” Dean Kovanes, the restaurant’s owner, told Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “People continued to ask if we’d have a new sign, and I thought what better choice than LaVar Arrington?”
Kovanes further explained the decision to NBC Washington’s Dianna Russini, who first reported the story.
“Being an Ohio State fan, he terrorized the Big Ten for many years and he was one of my favorite Redskins,” Kovanes told Russini. “So I just figured, ‘Hey, if LaVar’s in town, come on in, have a couple Beef and Cheddars, we’d love to see ya’. You’ve got your spot right here.’”
The word choice for the sign seems calculated.
Back in May of this year, the Redskins threatened legal action against Mr. Arrington, for use of the language ‘Redskins Great’ on a promotional flyer for his summer football camps — a strange legal threat considering the organization itself inducted Arrington into its “80 Greatest Redskins” class of 2012.
In reaching Arrington for comment on the sign, he told me he’s “very honored to have Arby’s reserve the parking spot for me.”
“If I weren’t leaving for LA, I would certainly go use my spot,” Arrington said. “Hopefully they will allow their best customers to use my spot, I’m sure they will represent me well.”
Arrington announced last week he’d be departing his full-time radio gig in Washington for a full-time role on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” program.