Robert Griffin III Hurt His Knee And People Are Furious
The Washington Redskins lost to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 on Sunday, but perhaps more importantly, Robert Griffin III hurt his knee again…and people aren’t happy about it.
Griffin was playing in the fourth quarter of the game despite obvious damage to his already injured right knee. Griffin had spent much of the second half labouring around the field, and he was playing without the speed, athleticism, and escapability that have characterized his rookie season. To be perfectly honest, it was tough to watch, but then it got a lot worse.
After a botched snap in the fourth quarter, Griffin lunged to pick up the ball and his right knee buckled…
Many viewers and fans were already horrified that Griffin was in the game, so after the injury they were downright angry.
“I think I did put myself at more risk by being out there,” Griffin said. “But every time you get on the field, you’re putting yourself on the line.”
What’s worse? Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews told USA Today that he didn’t provide Griffin with clearance to play. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan defended his decision to allow RG3 to play.
“He said, ‘Hey, trust me. I want to be in there, and I deserve to be in there,’ ” Shanahan said. “I couldn’t disagree with him.”
The problem is that sometimes players need to be saved from themselves. Obviously Griffin wanted to play, it’s the coaches responsibility to be the voice of reason. RG3 is only 22 years old, was the reward of Griffin playing worth the risk? I’d say no.