Ex-QB Robert Griffin Sacks Release of “Explosive Tell-All” Book Exposing “Dysfunctional” Washington Franchise

It's a shame, but Griffin will no longer be releasing "Surviving Washington"

Ex-Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III before a 2014 game at FedEx Field
Ex-Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III before a 2014 game at FedEx Field.
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Now with ESPN after not playing in the NFL last season, former star quarterback Robert Griffin III had been planning to release a book about “the shocking mismanagement and toxic culture within the most dysfunctional professional football team in America.”

That team, of course, would be the Washington NFL franchise that now goes by the Commanders.

Unfortunately, the 32-year-old has scrapped plans to release Surviving Washington through Simon and Schuster, and the so-called “explosive tell-all” is no longer available for pre-order from the publisher.

However, a description for Surviving Washington still remains live on Google Books. It reads, in part: “A one-of-a-kind, in-depth memoir, from former franchise savior, Robert Griffin III, detailing the shocking mismanagement and toxic culture within the most dysfunctional professional football team in America. In this eye-opening and moving memoir, Griffin shines a light on an infamous playoff game, along with the toxic environment he witnessed with medical mismanagement and sexual harassment in the most dysfunctional organization in sports today, overseen by Daniel Snyder. A football memoir unlike any other, this is a powerful story of survival and the importance of speaking up no matter the risks.”

According to 106.7 The Fan in Washington, Griffin had “second thoughts” about the project and his agent Mark Lepselter confirmed to The New York Post that the book has been scrapped. However, he was adamant while speaking with ProFootballTalk that the change in plans had nothing to do with external pressure from the NFL, ESPN, the Commanders or Snyder.

Griffin also confirmed he won’t be publishing the tell-all. “Through the process of thinking about writing a book, I’ve learned that this an issue bigger than one person,” Griffin said in a statement. “I want to give space to and elevate those who have already come forward, while encouraging those who have not yet to feel empowered to speak. This is a matter that very qualified people are continuing to manage with sensitivity and seriousness, and ultimately, I learned that this book was not the proper forum for this. In time and through a more meaningful method, I hope to address my first-hand experience.”

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