Robert Griffin III, a former NFL quarterback for the Washington Football Team, announced that he plans to tear the dysfunction of the team wide open in his new book, Surviving Washington. He says the book will be an “explosive tell-all” about “the shocking mismanagement and toxic culture within the most dysfunctional professional football team in America.”
The football franchise has received a ton of backlash recently over workplace misconduct and a toxic culture, which came to light right after the team finally changed their named from the controversial Washington Redskins to just the “Washington Football Team” in 2020.
Playing for the team from 2012 to 2015, Robert Griffin III’s career was cut short due to a severe knee injury, which he claims was only made worse by WFT’s mishandling of his health.
“Every experience that I’ve ever had has made me a better husband, father and player,” Robert Griffin III announced in a video on Twitter, “but I want you to take this journey with me as I walk you through one of the most dysfunctional franchises in all of sports.”
Nicknamed “RG3,” he was originally drafted No. 2 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft and received the Offensive Player of the Year Award before having to sit out with injuries. The Pro Bowler was later replaced by Kirk Cousins and traded around behind the scenes as a back-up quarterback until retiring in 2020.
“I’m gonna tell you the truth about what happened in that playoff game in 2012 against Seattle,” Robert Griffin III promised to reveal in his explosive tell-all memoir.
Despite RG3’s team doctor, Dr. James Andrews, not clearing the quarterback to return to the field after his knee-injury, he entered the wild card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks and re-injured his knee. The injury was made even worse, and he had to have surgery on both his ACL and his LCL.
Never performing up to the caliber of his rookie year since the injury, many sports analysts believe that he was never able to recover from the damage done to his knee, which RG3 seems to suggest was made worse for his career by WFT mismanagement.
“I’m going to detail the medical mismanagement that I received during my time in Washington,” he said in the announcement video. “I’m going to open your eyes to the sexual harassment that permeated the walls of that building and give you a deep dive into a power struggle between one of the most powerful coaches in sports and an owner that you want gone.”
Mike Shanahan was coach of of the WFT for RG3’s first two years with the team, but he is most likely referring to Jon Gruden, who took over for his final two years and is currently embroiled in a racist email scandal.
Fired from his current tenure with the Las Vegas Raiders over the comments from his emails, Gruden is now suing the NFL, claiming that the league “orchestrated” a campaign “to destroy [his] career and reputation.”
In the leaked emails, Gruden was found to have made racist, homophobic, and misogynist comments about members of his staff, athletes on the team, and cheerleaders dancing for the sports club.
The WFT Cheerleading team previously came forward with even more allegations against Gruden and team owner Dan Snyder, which the NFL has yet to investigate in full. The league announced earlier last month that they would not be releasing any more emails publicly despite calls for a further investigation.
It is unknown what else Robert Griffin III plans to bring to light in his book to add to the scandal, or if it will reignite public interest in calling for more information about the franchise’s toxic work culture.
According to Simon and Schuster, the book’s publisher, Robert Griffin III plans to detail the “unfiltered truth.”