Robert Griffin III ended up speaking to reporters on Tuesday, after all.
A day after being enveloped in a controversy over an interview he granted earlier this week, the Redskins quarterback defended himself, saying his comments were taken out of context.
“So, addressing what happened with what happen yesterday with the firestorm that took off with what I said, I know what I meant. I think everyone who is in this circle knows what I meant,” Griffin said following practice, referring to the local reporters and cameras that had gathered around him.
Griffin was originally scheduled to talk Tuesday after practice. Then, after the controversy erupted, his media session was unexpectedly scrubbed from the schedule. But after some discussion between Griffin and members of the team's media relation staff following practice, Griffin spoke. It appeared the decision was his.
Indeed, Griffin was the biggest story in the NFL on Monday after headlines raced around the internet, quoting him as saying, “I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league.”
And he did say that, in part. But, as he contended on Tuesday, that’s not all that he said. And by picking and choosing which part of the sentence to include in the headlines and stories, Griffin said he felt used by certain media outlets.
“It’s just unfortunate that my name keeps getting used for headlines, for people to click on stories,” he said on Tuesday.
The fourth-year signal caller added: “I know what I want to be. I know what I strive to be. And I’m not going to make any apologies for that.”
We’ll have more as this story develops.