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Robert Griffin III likes anti-Redskins post on IG, blames it on the intern

How many interns does one backup quarterback need for social media?


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Sep 1, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 1:27 am CDT

Ever since the Redskins made the playoffs in 2012 with then-rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III leading the team, the Washington organization has been in a freefall. Now, NFL analysts have questioned how much longer Griffin—the former first-round draft pick who was looked at as the team’s savior just three years ago—will have a job with the Redskins, and the toxicity within the organization regarding the RG3 issue has grown to comical levels.

And it’s spread to social media and the interns Griffin supposedly uses to curate his feeds.

It all started with this Instagram post from a supposed Redskins fan.

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As a Skins Fan I'm disappointed in the way my team used this mans talent and potential to do nothing but raise hopes and make a profit. I don't regret the skins grabbing RG, I do regret having a sorry ass team owner and sorry ass front office who couldn't put a winning coaching staff together who could actually compete for a super bowl. Griffin does not deserve the blame or bad rap, the man has gone above and beyond since day one to the point of injury, while at the same time being a role model of a person. The Redskins let him fall and did not help him get up. No matter if he's a starter, back up, or played for another team I will always respect and be a fan of RG3. #HTTR #Loyalty #ImpeachDanSnyder #Redskins #redskinsnation #DC #NFL @rgiii @espn @nfl

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Nothing too shocking or surprising there — a ton of Redskins fans are severely disillusioned with team owner Dan Snyder and the seemingly neverending series of bad decisions he’s made for the organization. But people noticed Monday when Griffin’s Instagram account liked the photo.

Predictably, the fact that a Redskins quarterback had given his approval on an Instagram post that was heavily critical of the Redskins was rather unusual. On Tuesday, Griffin tried to clarify.

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Which begs the question: How many interns does one backup quarterback need for social media?

It’s been a long decline for Griffin, who performed so admirably in his rookie season in leading Washington to the postseason. But he was injured near the end of the 2012 season, he basically destroyed his knee in the playoff game; from there, he has been a disaster.

Coach Mike Shanahan was eventually fired. New coach Jay Gruden has seemingly done all he can to torpedo Griffin. He hasn’t stayed healthy or popular with his teammates, and he lost his starting job this week. (For more in-depth reading, SB Nation has put together a solid history of Griffin’s career.)

Since this isn’t the first time Griffin has been criticized for his use of Instagram, he probably has the right idea about staying off social media during some of the toughest moments of his professional career. Maybe his interns should do the same.

H/T Deadspin | Photo via Keith Allison/Flickr (CC by-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 1, 2015, 6:23 pm CDT