Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was quoted as saying that he was trying to draw penalties with late hits along the sidelines. Now he is back tracking and saying that isn’t what he said. His words were misconstrued according to him. We’ll let you be the judge.
Here is what he said earlier this week:
He’s a smart player; he didn’t hit me. I kind of stopped well inside in bounds to try to get him to hit me and he didn’t. He said, ‘I’m not taking that penalty, Griff.’ I said, ‘I got you, man.’
With Barry, it was more I was out of bounds. I didn’t slow down at all. … He hit me and it does suck, but some guys are going to take those penalties. It’s hard to walk that line, and you’ve always got to try to protect yourself. … The sideline is your friend and you can get out of bounds, but a lot of defensive players, they just really don’t care. Sometimes they’re going to still get that hit on you.
This is what RG3 is saying now:
“Some people think I’m aiming to draw penalties and that’s not what I said,” Griffin told Redskins.com, which sort of makes it a press release. “I was asked about the hits on the sideline and the guys not being afraid to take the 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.
“I told them that against the Cowboys, I was just trying to run out of bounds and some guy hit me. Some guys will take that, some guys don’t really care. It’s just up in the air.
“Some guys will take the penalty and some won’t take the penalty. You’ve got to use the sideline as your friend. I’m not using the sideline to try and get penalties.”
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.