WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took to Twitter on Tuesday to complain about the “tyranny of political correctness” he believes is holding American culture “hostage.”

“In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness,” the NFL player wrote on his official Twitter account. He followed up the post with a definition of the word, writing: “Tyranny- ‘a condition imposed by some outside agency or force<living under the tyranny of the clock’ or political correctness…”

The Twitter commentary comes as some are pushing the NFL to change the Redskins team name due to the racial implications of the Native American moniker. Additionally, NBA player Jason Collins garnered an abundance of media attention in the past week after coming out as the first openly gay player on a major, professional American sports team.

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Griffin’s post incited numerous politically-tinged criticisms.

“Tyranny? Do we share a common reality?” one person tweeted back to RGIII. “Loyalty to local racist named team fading…fading,” wrote another.

The Redskins quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner responded to the backlash on Tuesday evening, writing, “If we speak..we say it the wrong way If we do not speak we are cowards….”

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