Why Did Robert Griffin III Spend Time Tweeting About His “Doubters” On Twitter The Other Night?
On Monday night, during the Washington Redskins preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, Robert Griffin III took several big hits as a result of him failing to slide on plays. It’s an issue that has plagued him for his entire NFL career now. For whatever reason, rather than sliding and protecting himself, RGIII continues to fight for extra yardage on plays and take extra hits. It’s gotten him injured in the past and some Redskins fans worry that it might get him hurt again. So they’ve been tweeting him and telling him to slide.
On Tuesday night, he responded to those people who have been tweeting him by saying that he will work on sliding more often and avoiding big hits. “Just want y’all to know I will keep working on getting down and not take those big hits,” he wrote on Twitter.
End of story, right? If RGIII says he’s going to slide more, then the only thing people can do is take him at his word. Or they can tweet at him relentlessly and doubt what he said, which is what many people chose to do. So many people actually did it that, after sending out his initial tweet about sliding, RGIII returned to Twitter on Wednesday night and took aim at his doubters.
“They doubted in High School,” he tweeted. “They doubted a turnaround at @Baylor. They doubted a Heisman was possible. Keep doubting. It’s nothing New.”
Random? Uh, yes. Very random. And also, very unnecessary.
The truth is that RGIII does have a lot of doubters right now. He was excellent in his first season in Washington but, last season, he struggled. So he has a lot to prove during this upcoming season. But what RGIII should not be doing right now is tweeting to or about his doubters. There’s no more time for that. It’s time for him to step onto the field and prove them wrong. Also, he should know better than anyone that tweeting at your doubters doesn’t stop them from doubting. It just makes them more angry and more likely to attack you on Twitter.
So RGIII needs to stop tweeting about his doubters and let his work on the football field speak for itself. It’s the only way he’s going to shut the naysayers up once and for all.