RGIII Reveals Why He's Leaving Social Media Behind

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III runs onto the field in Landover, Maryland .
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III runs onto the field in Landover, Maryland . | (Photo: Reuters/Jason Reed)

Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins quarterback, has revealed why he will not be tweeting until the NFL season is over.

Griffin, 24, has had a tough season filled with criticism of his play on the field. While his team is 3-11, making them last in their division, the Christian quarterback has also been scrutinized for his comments on social media.

He recently decided to lay off tweeting all together, so that he is not serving as a distraction for his team.

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"It just felt like, for me, anything I was saying, whether it was positive or negative, whether it was a positive retweet or anything, was getting twisted and turned against me and against this team," Griffin said, according to "I feel I can be free up here and talk to you guys, but sometimes things get twisted and turned and it creates a distraction for the team. I didn't want that to happen."

The quarterback noted that he receives criticism even for speaking about charity work.

"Sometimes you don't understand certain things and they don't go the way you want them to go, but if I get criticized for retweeting about going to a charity event for a foundation, I mean what else can you do?" Griffin questioned. "So I decided to shut it down and not focus on it."

Griffin's Redskins coach, Jay Gruden, seems to understand Griffin's sentiments. He insists many of his quotes about the quarterback have been twisted.

"No matter what I say about Robert, it's going to get twisted one way or the other," Gruden said in an ESPN report. "If I say he is doing great, it's going to be I am too easy on him. If I say he needs to work harder, it means I said he's lazy. If I said he needs to work on his fundamentals, it means I don't like him."

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