Robert Griffin III defends dad

Updated: November 27, 2013, 3:17 PM ET
By John Keim | ESPN.com

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has taken shots all season -- on the field and off. He understands it's part of the business. What he doesn't like is when those shots involve his family.

Griffin Anybody out there that's going after my dad needs to back up. That is my father. I will protect my family and he served 21 years in the military. I know that's not an excuse for anything that he does, but he's not overstepping his bounds. So I hope that people will respect that and back off.

-- Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

That's why he strongly defended his father being in the locker room after the Redskins' 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Robert Griffin II sat at Griffin's locker after the game as the two talked for a while. He also was there after Griffin spoke to the media. The Redskins said on Monday that his dad was there because he thought his son had been hurt in the game.

"He showed up, I was shocked that he was there, but he meant no harm," Griffin said. "Anybody out there that's going after my dad needs to back up. That is my father. I will protect my family and he served 21 years in the military. I know that's not an excuse for anything that he does, but he's not overstepping his bounds. So I hope that people will respect that and back off.

"He asked me if I was OK and I said, 'Yeah, I'm all right.' And me and him just talked and that's it."

It's rare that players' parents ever venture into the locker room, unless the player is hurt. Occasionally a players' son will be in the locker room, as was the case Monday as well. Griffin said his mother was upset after the game because she thought he had suffered an injury.

"I don't know what all has been said, I just know it hasn't all been positive," Griffin said. "He wanted to do his fatherly duties and step in there to see if I was OK." Griffin said he was kicked in his private parts.

"No mom wants to see their kid out there getting hit at all," Griffin said. "So like I said, it was just him being a father, my mom being a mother and there's no problem in that."

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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