Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III thanked his fans yesterday for purchasing all of the items from his wedding registry at Bed Bath & Beyond. A local Redskins blog uncovered the registry and encouraged fans, unprompted by RG3, to purchase gifts for the Redskins quarterback and his soon wife-to-be Rebecca Liddicoat.
Thank you to the Fans who are helping buy ALL the items from our wedding registry at Bed Bath & Beyond … say.ly/MLw5Rbg
Unfortunately for Griffin, he couldn't have predicted the firestorm that would ensue. A select few took to Twitter to express their displeasure with Griffin receiving gifts from fans, with many insinuating that the Redskins quarterback should donate the gifts to charity or those who are less fortunate.
Griffin, who has shown that he isn't afraid of speaking his mind, responded:
I didn't ask the fans to buy me anything. They found it on their own and decided to get what they could. SMH at all these Debbie downers
It's not a stretch to say that Griffin has become one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL. While he's been a pioneer on the football field for the Redskins, he's blazing new trails in the social media world as well. With the rise of outlets like Facebook and Twitter, athletes have been scrutinized like never before and many have shied away from controversial issues. However, as if we expected anything different, RG3 seems bent on bucking the trend.
We couldn't have possible dreamt of a world ten years ago where we had such public access to professional football players. Many players have taken the opportunity to get involved with a group of fans that they normally wouldn't have access. It does have its downside, though. The social media driven world that we've created opens doors for those with an agenda to sit back and snipe at those athletes, often rendering them unable to defend themselves, afraid of the backlash it might create.
As of Monday morning, thousands had took to Twitter to defend the star quarterback and voice their approval for RG3. It seems that playing for one of the NFL's most rabid fanbses has some benefits, after all.
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