Robert Griffin III defends father's locker room visit
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was paid an unexpected visit in the locker room by his father, Robert Griffin Jr., following a rough game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Griffin Jr. was checking on his son, concerned that he might have been injured.
Griffin said he was shocked to see his father in the locker room, but emphasized that he was "not overstepping any bounds."
“I don’t know what all has been said,” Griffin III said. “I just know it hasn’t all been positive. My dad came to check on me. He came to check on me to make sure I wasn’t injured. Mom was upset. He wanted to do his fatherly duties and step in there and see if I was okay. So that’s all I can say.”
Added Griffin III: “Family members sometimes come in the locker room. So I’m not gonna say whose family members are in the locker room. It’s just he showed up. Yeah, I was shocked that he was there. But he meant no harm. And anybody out there that’s going after my dad needs to back up. That is my father. I will protect my family. And he served 21 years in the military. I know that’s not an excuse for anything that he does. But he’s not overstepping any bounds. I hope people respect that and will back off.”
Griffin III got kicked in the groin during the game.
"Obviously I got kicked in the [groin]," Griffin III said. "He wanted to see if I was okay there…. So he was just checking on that. It was more so just my mom…. No mom wants to see her kid out there getting hit at all. So, like I said, it was just him being a father, my mom being a mother. And there’s no problem in that.”
Are the Griffin family jewels intact?
“There will be a Griffin IV,” Griffin III said. “There will be.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.