In late November 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and No.2 overall pick Robert Griffin III announced he was releasing a tell-all book. The book was supposed to depict his time in Washington as a generational quarterback, which started out wonderfully, but ended horribly.
Former Washington Commanders quarterback Robert Griffin III knows a thing or two about being a generational dual-threat quarterback trying to survive under a judgmental and dysfunctional front office. https://t.co/pTmeFj4zms
— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeague) February 25, 2022
It was a book that RG3 promised would open everyone’s eyes to what he describes as a misogynistic culture that’s been pervasive for the past 23 years under current owner Daniel Snyder.
That book since has been scrapped.
On Thursday, it was announced that the possible bombshell no longer had legs. Eric Bickel of “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan, confirmed that the book is no longer a go. Maybe it was the blowback received from former teammates and Washington players.
When the tell-all book was announced, Bickel immediately said it wouldn’t see the light of day. He was correct. Bickel reveled in his prediction saying:
“This is my victory lap. I’m just gonna take a bow. I told ya that book was never coming. He deleted all tweets. Co-author Gary Myers said the book’s not coming out, ‘not with me.’ The Simon and Schuster link, the pre-link that he was pimping, that’s a dead link. I want praise! I told you this wasn’t happening!
Robert Griffin III's tell-all book about his time in D.C. "Surviving Washington" is no longer in the works. https://t.co/LbdPLC7f9i
— The Team 980 (@team980) March 3, 2022
He added, “I said that book’s not happening!’ And it’s not. Now he may come out with some other book with garbage in there, but there’s not gonna be anything in there that potentially gets him sued. Trust me! Not happening!
“The link is dead. There is no link! Go click the link, try to buy the book. Doesn’t exist. Drab, what am I leaving out!”
How do you try to compete with the State of the Union address tonight?!
Where should the new @Commanders stadium be located?
— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) March 2, 2022
Griffin Announced Book In November: To Expose His Time In DC
In his press release for the book via Twitter Griffin had this to say.
“I’m gonna tell you the truth about what happened in that playoff game in 2012 against Seattle. I’m gonna detail all the medical mismanagement that I received during my time in Washington. I’m gonna 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 all of sports and an owner that many of you want gone. They say the truth will set you free. So here it is, unfiltered. Pre-order now.”
Robert Griffin III will release a book called “Surviving Washington” and he’ll detail what happened in the 2012 playoff game vs Seattle, the medical mismanagement he received, the sexual harassment in the building, and a deep dive into the Dan Snyder/Mike Shanahan power struggle.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 30, 2021
Griffin was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the then Washington Redskins, a team that has undergone two name changes since and are is known as the Commanders.
Griffin was captivating as a rookie, winning NFL Rookie of the Year and leading the team to a division crown and playoff berth. That knee injury he speaks of in the press release turned out to be much more substantial than originally reported.
Years later, there’s still doubt as to whether the Washington medical staff protected RG3’s safety properly. That began a string of injuries that led to below-average quarterback play for the rest of his tenure in D.C. He was eventually benched in favor of Kirk Cousins, and subsequently released not long after his benching.
Many believed Griffin was going to use the book to profit off the horrible allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment that are still being mentioned within those same walls in Ashburn, Virginia. But Griffin and his wife denounced that notion, stating it would be about his own personal experience.
Griffin’s Wife Speaks On His Behalf: He Piggybacks Her Sentiments
Griffin’s wife Grete took to Twitter to say this.
“Let’s clear up the misconception about Surviving Washington. In the book Robert is not talking about other people’ experiences with sexual harassment in Washington. He is talking about his OWN experience with sexual harassment in Washington. Sexual harassment victims should’ve pressured into speaking up when you want them to, they should speak up when they’re ready, even if it’s 7-8 years later. Hopefully, this book will encourage more of you to speak up and tell your story.”
Griffin shared those same exact sentiments.
“Sexual harassment victims should share their stories when they are ready, not when you want them to. The book is not about other people’s experiences with sexual harassment in Washington. It’s about my experiences with sexual harassment in Washington. Hopefully, you will listen.”
Griffin retired from the NFL following the 2020 season. He’s now currently a rising ESPN college football and NFL analyst.
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