Despite spraining his right knee a month ago, injured Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was determined to play in yesterday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. He wound up badly twisting his injured knee and was pulled out of the game. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is facing criticism for playing Griffin in the first place, but today, Griffin defended Shanahan’s decision with a military metaphor, likening a football game to a battle.

Some of Griffin’s fans thought it was a suitable analogy:

But for most followers, it didn’t seem to go over terribly well. Griffin is now facing plenty of criticism of his own:

https://twitter.com/LETTmeTOUCHit/status/288324303609540608

https://twitter.com/jsknapton/status/288325019585622016

https://twitter.com/KingPhilip4/status/288324907610279936

https://twitter.com/PhilKeebler/status/288325388558536704

https://twitter.com/leila_gardner/status/288325630079152128

Evidently, Griffin wasn’t too keen on the backlash. He’s blocked at least one Twitterer:

https://twitter.com/LoganDobson/status/288325397022646273

Not very sportsmanlike, is it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=80000218 Tony Beard

    Seriously? I love this website, but you need to ease up a bit. Griffin is damn good young man and grew up with parents in the military. I don’t think his metaphor is out of line.

    • EOD

      RGIII was obviously being derogatory in his Tweet because I have no doubt that actual Military Combat Veterans were Questioning and Criticizing his performance.

    • EOD

      RGIII was obviously being derogatory in his Tweet because I have no doubt that actual Military Combat Veterans were Questioning and Criticizing his performance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=80000218 Tony Beard

    Seriously? I love this website, but you need to ease up a bit. Griffin is damn good young man and grew up with parents in the military. I don’t think his metaphor is out of line.

  • EOD

    On Battle: Some do, some did, and a few did not do but act like they did.

  • EOD

    On Battle: Some do, some did, and a few did not do but act like they did.

  • http://twitter.com/DaveKinNC Dave

    I do not think we can totally blame RGIII for his “line of fire” metaphor; after all, for years the OL/DL has been referred as “being in the trenches”; the QB is often described as “the field general”. Face it- warfare has always been the ultimate test of a man’s skill and intestinal fortitude and the comparisons between it and whatever other endeavor men undertake is just metaphorical aggrandizement. As Samuel Johnson once said “Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier.” For further proof, see also the various spinoffs of Sun Tzu’s work “The Art of War”.

    • EOD

      Trench Warfare ended a long time ago.

      The last World War I Veteran died in 2011.

      RGIII would have been better served if his Tweet was not calling out those who criticize while stating that he was in Battle.

    • EOD

      Trench Warfare ended a long time ago.

      The last World War I Veteran died in 2011.

      RGIII would have been better served if his Tweet was not calling out those who criticize while stating that he was in Battle.

  • http://twitter.com/DaveKinNC Dave

    I do not think we can totally blame RGIII for his “line of fire” metaphor; after all, for years the OL/DL has been referred as “being in the trenches”; the QB is often described as “the field general”. Face it- warfare has always been the ultimate test of a man’s skill and intestinal fortitude and the comparisons between it and whatever other endeavor men undertake is just metaphorical aggrandizement. As Samuel Johnson once said “Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier.” For further proof, see also the various spinoffs of Sun Tzu’s work “The Art of War”.

  • Steve_J

    Ever since I can remember football has been compared to battle. If using battle as a metaphor upsets some people, they should get a life.

    • Conservative First

      this ^

  • Steve_J

    Ever since I can remember football has been compared to battle. If using battle as a metaphor upsets some people, they should get a life.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Many people consider football to be our modern day version of Roman Coliseum gladiator battles. I’m thinking that had RGIII been in a real war battle, the poor physical shape he was in might have resulted in him being dead now, and in a gladiator battle, the lions would’ve enjoyed a tasty meal. As for the game, had he “manned-up” he would have taken himself out of the game at halftime and allowed his healthy backup to take charge of offense.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Many people consider football to be our modern day version of Roman Coliseum gladiator battles. I’m thinking that had RGIII been in a real war battle, the poor physical shape he was in might have resulted in him being dead now, and in a gladiator battle, the lions would’ve enjoyed a tasty meal. As for the game, had he “manned-up” he would have taken himself out of the game at halftime and allowed his healthy backup to take charge of offense.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    O come on, I have virtually zero interest in football and tremendous respect for our military, but really, chill dudes, it’s just an expression.

    Hey, remember George Carlin’s baseball/football comparison? He did the same thing.
    ===
    Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park.The baseball park!

    Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.

    ===

    In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general,
    to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing
    this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line.

    In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! – I hope I’ll be safe at home!

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    O come on, I have virtually zero interest in football and tremendous respect for our military, but really, chill dudes, it’s just an expression.

    Hey, remember George Carlin’s baseball/football comparison? He did the same thing.
    ===
    Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park.The baseball park!

    Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.

    ===

    In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general,
    to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing
    this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line.

    In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! – I hope I’ll be safe at home!

  • 2ifbyT

    As a veteran (24 years), I do not have any issue with RGIII’s analogy. He has more professionalism and integrity than many who have served in the military. That includes John Kerry, who served in Vietnam…I think.

  • 2ifbyT

    As a veteran (24 years), I do not have any issue with RGIII’s analogy. He has more professionalism and integrity than many who have served in the military. That includes John Kerry, who served in Vietnam…I think.

  • sleazyrider

    Don’t forget the war on women…we conservatives are all veterans…so we know what we speaketh!

  • sleazyrider

    Don’t forget the war on women…we conservatives are all veterans…so we know what we speaketh!

  • Mike Sanfilippo

    Both of his parents are veterans. I love you guys but this article- as well as the pearl-clutchers acting as though some sort of horrible deed was done- is an embarrassment and an extremely poor reflection of Twitchy as a whole. The entire thing was a metaphor in the first place; what are we talking about here? Good lord.. apparently over-the-top extreme hyper-sensitivity doesn’t stop with liberals. Duly noted.

  • michael s

    Just as I suspected. The defense of RG3 was fake several weeks ago. This proves that the only issue in rob Parker’s comments, was the word Republican. Not the record setting year he had. Not his work ethic. But the fake outrage on whether he might be a Republican,just so you can say another black conservative attacked(don’t even know if he is one). Sports and war analogies are used all the time. Not even any sympathies for his injuries. I support RG3 regardless.

    • NCRelite

      Black conservatives are always attacked, look at Stacy Dash or Tim Scott for example. It takes guts to make the right choices in life. The Democratic party, the party of slavery, segregation, jim crow laws, the party on the wrong side of history, is nothing but a detriment to the black community.

  • Steve_J

    I wonder how many of the people ripping RG3 were gushing over Ray Lewis yesterday?

  • Justin Case

    Beginning to wonder who started “political correctness”. Conservatives or liberals?

  • Texyank

    Didn’t RG3 grow up in a military family ?? That term has been used by many without

    all this back chatter. He’s a great guy and has his head on straight.

  • mickeyco

    I’ll let RGIII take a pass on “misspeaking”. He is, after all, very young. He comes from a close military family, so it’s safe to assume he meant nothing derogatory. From all accounts, he’s a good guy. I’d sure hate people to repeat something I’d said at his age.

  • TheKingJAK

    Yes, the analogy can get old and it can be absolutely wrong too, but RGIII is one of those dudes IMO who actually respects the MIL and meant well.