RG3 likely decided on his own to turn Jesus shirt inside-out to avoid fine (photo)
A slight buzz was generated after Robert Griffin III was spotted wearing a t-shirt inside-out when meeting with the media after the Washington Redskins quarterback suffered a broken ankle in the team’s 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
The shirt in question bore the message “Know Jesus Know Peace/No Jesus No Peace” and Griffin was seen wearing the shirt with the message emblazoned upon the front. When he trudged along on crutches and lurched to the podium, however, the shirt was inside-out.
Given the shirt’s strong Pro-Christian message, along with the fact that it came came from a Christian clothing retailer, Not Of This World, some took it upon themselves to infer that the NFL was attempting to shut down, stifle or muzzle RG3’s strongly held Christian beliefs.
D.C. Sports Bog gathered some of the stories screaming foul in what we shall deem “Jesus-Shirtgate”:
The Week: “RGIII forbidden from wearing his Jesus shirt to press conference”
Christian Today: “Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III made to turn ‘Know Jesus Know Peace’ T-shirt inside out?”
The Washington Free Beacon: “RGIII Forced by NFL to Turn Shirt With Christian Message Inside Out”
Mad World News: “NFL Says NO to Jesus and Threatens Six-Figure Fine on Redskins Star Player”
Hardy surprising that some of the above media outlets took an outraged stance over the issue in light of the content on the shirt that was turned inside-out.
It turns out, though, that no one reportedly made Griffin make the clothing adjustment, not the Redskins, not the NFL, either. Instead, he likely did so to not run afoul of the arguably draconian NFL rules regarding post-game attire, as documented by the Bog:
NFL rules, as it turns out, are incredibly explicit about postgame apparel. During postgame interviews, players are prohibited “from wearing, displaying, or orally promoting equipment, apparel or other items that carry commercial names or logos of companies, unless such commercial identification has been approved in advance by the League office.” Players are also “prohibited from wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office.” That T-shirt — and virtually any popular commercial T-shirt — would clearly violate these rules.
So, instead of some anti-Christian cabal imposing its Godless views upon a God-fearing player, it was instead a wise and informed decision on behalf of RG3, in that he avoided a possible fine, something he has had experience with in the past. He could have been wearing a “Big Johnson” shirt and probably would have taken the same fine-avoiding action before taking to the podium to address the media.