Robert Griffin III Declines To Speak On Nickname
Asked about the connotations and nature of the team’s nickname, the quarterback told Detroit-area reporters on a conference call Wednesday morning that he’s not able to accurately address that topic.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – Robert Griffin III declined to address the controversy surrounding the Redskins’ nickname when asked by Detroit-based reporters on a conference call on Wednesday.
Griffin, speaking to Lions beat reporters in advance of the team’s game against the Redskins on Sunday, said he “can’t even get into that.”
“That is something way above my understanding,” Griffin said. “The bottom line, for me at least, I’m not Native American. I’m sure I have a little bit of blood in me. I’m sure some of you guys in the room have some Native American blood in you as well. But we’re not at that authority to know what to do in that situation. I just leave that to those who know a little bit more about the situation.”
Griffin clarified that the team has advised him not to speak on the matter.
“Like I said, they kept it away from us and we are advised not to speak about it because we don’t know what to say and we certainly don’t know what to do,” Griffin said. “We just let those who are taking care of that take care of it.”
Griffin has downplayed the question of the team’s nickname when asked in the past. Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that the league may need to begin listening to concerns about the racist nature of the nickname as awareness continues to spread; owner Dan Snyder has remained adamant that he will not change the name.
Reporters also brought up the topic of the name on a subsequent conference call with Mike Shanahan, asking him if it’s been difficult to keep the distractions of the name away from the team.
“Well, it’s been easy, because I don’t answer any questions about it,” Shanahan said. “We talked about it quite a bit in the offseason, and right now we’re concentrating on the season.”