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#IceBucketChallenge Controversy: RGIII and John Wall Call Each Other Out

by Chris Lingebach
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Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins waits to be introduced before playing the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins waits to be introduced before playing the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Last night we reported Robert Griffin III taking III ice buckets over the head in support of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research, and in return, calling out John Wall, Wale and pop singer Demi Lovato to do the same.

But after publishing the story, it came to my attention there may be some controversy surrounding RGIII and his #IceBucketChallenge endeavors.

After doing a little research, it appears Joe Glo’s claim was accurate. Wall did, in fact, complete the challenge before Griffin, and posted visual evidence before Griffin, and challenged Griffin before Griffin challenged him (Wall also challenged DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe).

Here’s the incontrovertible evidence (click photos for larger view):

And here’s Wall’s challenge for your viewing pleasure.

Now, whether Griffin filmed his challenge prior to Wall’s, and the Redskins’ social media team was merely beaten to the punch by Wall’s is neither here nor there, frankly.

The driving force by the #IceBucketChallenge — which, to my knowledge, has raised millions but more importantly immeasurable awareness for ALS research — has been the social media aspect.

Millions share the videos on Twitter and Facebook and thus, the challenge gets more attention.

So as far as I’m concerned, John Wall posted to social media first, meaning he challenged Robert Griffin III first, rendering one-III’d of Griffin’s buckets useless (and call-outs) invalid.

Now, admittedly, I’m not clear on all the ice bucket rules. I do know Griffin taking three consecutive buckets seems unprecedented, and call-outs to Wale and Lovato should still stand.

But, once cooler heads prevail, it seems only fair that Griffin should have to take a fourth bucket over the head, thus accepting Wall’s challenge that was made first, hereby honoring the spirit of the #IceBucketChallenge.

Ice up, son. It’s for charity.

Update (10:04 a.m.):

Apparently Griffin has acknowledge “Wall already got it.”

(I still want to see him take another bucket.)

Also this.

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