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."
RGIII was wearing a t-shirt that said “Know Jesus, Know Peace.” NFL Uniform Inspector Tony McGee (former Skins DE) approached Griffin...— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 14, 2014
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.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 14, 2014
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.