Robert Griffin III’s tell-all book sharing his experiences from playing with the Washington Commanders (then-Redskins) appears to be dead.
On Thursday, The Sports Junkies‘ Eric Bickel reported that Griffin’s book, Surviving Washington, is no longer happening. The former Washington quarterback, who played for the team from 2012 through 2014, had all but confirmed it by deleting all references to the book from his social media accounts. He originally announced the book on Twitter, promoting it with “The truth will set you free.”
Bickel took the opportunity to remind his co-hosts and the audience that he predicted the book would never be published. (It was previously scheduled for an August 2022 release.)
“This is my victory lap. I’m just gonna bow,” said Bickel. “I told ya that book was never coming out. He’s deleted all the tweets. Gary Myers said the book’s not coming out, ‘not with me.’ The Simon & Schuster link, the pre-link that he was pimping, that’s a dead link. I want praise! I told you this wasn’t happening!”
Likely in response, Griffin officially confirmed his book wasn’t being published through a statement from his broadcasting agent on Friday (via Pro Football Talk).
“Through the process of thinking about writing a book, I’ve learned that this is an issue bigger than one person,” Griffin said. “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.”
Griffin went on to say that he hopes he’s still somehow able to tell his story, which he promised would include details of “the medical mismanagement that I received during my time in Washington” and the power struggle between coaches (presumably Mike Shanahan) and team owner Daniel Snyder.
The more conspiracy-minded believe that Snyder might be the exact reason why Griffin’s book isn’t being published. If the NFL isn’t willing to reveal details of the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations in the Washington organization, how would the league feel about Griffin’s possible account? Is it possible the NFL pressured ESPN, which employs Griffin as an analyst, to encourage Griffin to let the book go?
Or is this more about Griffin getting in over his head with potential legal issues that he and his publisher may not have anticipated when the project was first announced? A book provoking a potential lawsuit probably isn’t what either Griffin or Simon & Schuster would like.
Whatever the reason, Bickel took his victory lap on the air Thursday, reminding everyone listening that he told them so about Griffin’s book.
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”