WASHINGTON — Robert Griffin III responded to critical comments made by Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green.
On Tuesday, Green told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan that Griffin has acted “selfish and childish” over the past month, expressing disappointment in some recent developments in Griffin’s personal life.
Griffin separated from his wife of three years, Rebecca Liddicoat, from whom he is divorcing. That news was quickly followed by photos of Griffin being publicly affectionate toward his new girlfriend, Grete Sadeiko, whose name he now has tattooed onto his forearm.
“I don’t appreciate his moral stance,” Green said of Griffin. “What he’s doing, his wife, his kid. I mean, he’s jacked up. That’s not good. I don’t appreciate that. When you have responsibility to young people looking at you, he had this whole city in his hands. And when you do that, you’re responsible for more than yourself, and that’s selfish and that’s childish, the way he’s operating.”
On Wednesday, Griffin told reporters, “I make sure I don’t focus on those things. That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of that. You know, that’s not my job. For Darrell, a guy that I know personally, that’s his prerogative. Whatever you say in the public sphere, you have to make sure you’re ready to say that in the private sphere as well.”
“Darrell hadn’t approached me about anything and I consider him a friend, so that’s disappointing,” Griffin continued. “But it’s nothing that I can control. I just focus on being here with the Browns, worrying about football — focus on that and don’t let anything distract me.”
Asked if he thinks things will turn out well for Griffin on the field in Cleveland, Green said, “I’d be surprised if it did.”