Redskins Star Was Wearing a Jesus-Themed T-Shirt Before His Press Conference — Notice Anything Different When He Actually Showed Up?

When Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared at a press conference Sunday to discuss his dislocated left ankle, journalists and sports bloggers noticed something a bit odd.

Griffin, an outspoken Christian, had been wearing a bright blue shirt that read “Know Jesus Know Peace” in the locker room beforehand, but when he appeared on camera to speak with reporters, the bold, faith-based message was unreadable; the shirt had been turned inside out.

Washington Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg noticed the difference on Twitter, offering a side-by-side comparison:


Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Michael Phillips explained Sunday that the NFL forced Griffin to wear the shirt inside out, as it is not a Nike product. The apparel rules appear a bit murky when it comes to press conferences, though, as Yahoo! Sports noted.

“RGIII was wearing a t-shirt that said ‘Know Jesus, Know Peace.’ NFL Uniform Inspector Tony McGee (former Skins DE) approached Griffin,” Phillips tweeted. “McGee told Griffin he couldn’t wear the shirt because it wasn’t a Nike product. Made him turn it inside out for the press conference.”


While some might assume that the decision was rooted in anti-Christian sentiment, Griffin has been fined in the past for wearing non-Nike apparel.

The t-shirt controversy aside, Griffin responded to his injury Sunday on Twitter, writing, “Appreciate all the support & prayers! God has a plan & I ride with him thru the ups and downs! Staying the course.”

Watch video of the press conference in question here.

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