Robert Griffin III has plenty to worry about as a second-year quarterback with the struggling Washington Redskins, including criticism regarding his father’s visit to the team’s locker room after another loss on Monday night.
RG3 let the media know on Wednesday that all was well with his dad paying a visit after the 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
“Yeah, I was a little shocked that he was there, but he meant no harm,” Griffin told reporters. “And anybody out there that’s going after my dad needs to back up. That is my father. I will protect my family. 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, so I hope people respect that and back off.”
Griffin, who completed 17 of 27 passes for 127 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, has struggled this season after returning from a knee injury he sustained in a playoff game last winter. After getting sacked four times and taking an accidental kick to the groin, he explained that Robert Griffin Jr. came to the locker room to find out if his son was injured.
“My dad came to check on me,” Griffin said. “He came to check on me to make sure I wasn’t injured.
“My mom was upset. He wanted to do his fatherly duties and he stepped in there to see if I was OK.”
The Redskins (3-8) will host the New York Giants (4-7) at 5:30 p.m. PST Sunday.
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