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Donovan McNabb says Robert Griffin III is ‘getting brainwashed’ by Redskins


If anyone thought that Donovan McNabb would stand idly by and not feel compelled to provide an unnecessary retort to comments Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III made during a GQ interview that were made public on Tuesday, well, they’d be sorely mistaken.

In the GQ profile, RG3 reacted to how the former NFL (and Redskins) signal-caller has publicly criticized him in the past, once opining in an interview with The Washington Post that the young quarterback is “too much right now; it’s just too much,” saying, ““I don’t think Donovan is an idiot by any means,” adding, “But right now, it’s probably best that we don’t talk.”

On Tuesday, during a broadcast of NBC Sports Radio’s “Under Center” alongside Mark Malone, McNabb fired back.

Via a CSN Chicago report:

“I’m just trying to help you. Well, clearly the young generation think the have all the answers and he is going through a little bit of turmoil right now of trying to get out on the field and it’s unfortunate,” McNabb said to Mark Malone. “But that’s where we are at right now as far as these young quarterbacks who think they have all the answers. Until things fall a part and start trembling down on top of you, then you want some help.”

McNabb continued by saying, “It’s a shame, I honestly think that over there in Washington, he’s getting brainwashed.

“He is getting input from whoever it may be of there’s no reason to talk to him, it didn’t work out here and if they expressed their dislike when I was there or what I used to do, so be it. But I hope the best for the young man, but the direction he is going in is really a direction he does not want to do. He does not want to go there with me,” McNabb said.

While the entire diatribe is borderline ridiculous and reeks of sour grapes over how RG3 essentially has shunned McNabb and any advice the he may have to offer, perhaps the most absurd portion of McNabb’s comments is when he comments on how “the young generation think they have all the answers.” McNabb is 36 years old, not 60. The only thing that was missing in his tirade was a “consarnit,” an “in my day” qualifier and a grouchy reference to how he’s missing his favorite episode of “Matlock.”

This is where this back and forth should end. If Robert Griffin III has any wits about him, he’ll simply ignore the most recent onslaught of misdirected ire directed at him by an embittered former football player who doesn’t feel like he is being given the proper respect. A football player who was cast aside by the same organization that he accuses of brainwashing, not to mention a man who evidently believes he’s much older than he really is.

Maybe McNabb should quit yapping and stick to winning kickball league trophies.