Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III deftly avoided the nickname controversy, declining to offer his opinion on whether the team should make a change.
“When it comes to those conversations, it’s just not the time,” Griffin told 106.7 The Fan. “And I understand, trust me, I’m African American, I’ve grown up being African American my entire life and I understand oppression and all the things that come with it. But for us, like I said, as players, we have to focus on what we can control right now, and right now that’s the football season.”
Griffin made it clear he's not looking to take a strong stand.
“If anything to that extent came up as a player, and you had an opportunity to be the Muhammad Ali of your generation, when it comes to oppression and just things being wrong, my parents grew up in that time, I’ve heard stories about it, I’ve watched movies about it, I understand that," Griffin said. "And if it comes to that, then you make a decision at that time, but at this time particularly, we have to focus on what we can control."
The Redskins didn't ask Griffin to participate in their ill-advised Twitter campaign to defend the team's name.
“The team does those things and I don’t have any statement on what they do, and those situations, but they didn’t ask me to do that,” Griffin said.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun