Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III turned the t-shirt he was wearing inside out before being interviewed at a press conference Sunday. The shirt read, “Know Jesus Know Peace” in black and white letters. If one only read the white letters, the message was “No Jesus No Peace.”
There have been conflicting reports of if the NFL star was told to turn his shirt inside out before the interview by officials or if Griffin did so on his own accord. Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Michael Phillips tweeted that NFL uniform inspector Tony McGee ordered him to turn it inside out, but a Redskins supervisor said Griffin removed the message to avoid a fine.
Griffin had been previously fined for wearing an Adidas shirt on a game day when the NFL has a deal to endorse Nike products.
Redskins player Ryan Kerrigan was also interviewed at the press conference and he was not asked to turn his shirt inside out, though his shirt was not made by Nike.
Some have now speculated that Griffin hid the message of his shirt because of its religious nature.
According to the NFL bylaws, “...players are 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.”
Publication date: September 17, 2014