The National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation recently sent letters to NFL players urging them to speak out against the Washington team name. Some have but Robert Griffin III isn’t one of them, Erik Brady of USA Today reports..
He appeared on 106.7 The Fan, a sports radio station in Washington, when he was asked whether he feels he has a chance to be the Muhammad Ali of his generation by speaking out on the issue.
“When it comes to those conversations, it’s just not the time,” Griffin said. “And I understand, trust me, I’m African American, I’ve grown up being African American my entire life and I understand oppression and all the things that come with it. But for us, like I said, as players, we have to control what we can control right now, and right now that’s the football season.”
So the week that a federal trademark board canceled his team’s federal trademark registrations on disparagement grounds isn’t the right time to have the conversation. Griffin did not say when he thinks that time will be.