Ex-NFL star RG3 claps back at former Steelers player over racial bowl post

Former NFL star Robert Griffin III addressed former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall’s racial bowl proposal, which had been the talk of the sports world this week.

Griffin put out a video on X pushing back on any notion of a “segregation bowl” because he does not want to go back to that time and joked that he would not be on the All-Black team anyway because of Patrick Mahomes.

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Rashard Mendenhall, #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers, carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the game on Dec. 8, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

He added there may even be a debate for him to join the All-White team because of a comment sports pundit Rob Parker made in 2012 and that he married a woman who is White.

“Dear Rashard Mendenhall,” Griffin began, “Some people joke about how you fumbled in the Super Bowl. But they never got there. They’ll joke about how you have CTE. They may even spend hours putting together an All-White and an All-Black team and try to explain who would win.

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“But what they won’t tell you is, this is the tweet of a dumba–. Don’t be a dumba–. These are prejudice, discriminatory, racial ideologies which set us back centuries. We don’t want to go back to the old times. I don’t want to participate in the segregation bowl.

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“Probably wouldn’t even get a shot because Patrick Mahomes would be the quarterback of our team. Yes, he would be on OUR team. And by our team, I mean the All-Blacks because I know a lot of y’all like to joke about what team I’m on because of this guy (Parker) and because my wife is a beautiful Estonian queen. 

RG3 and his wife

Grete Šadeiko Griffin and Robert Griffin III attend the 44th Annual Sports Emmy Awards at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 22, 2023 in New York City. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

“But the bottom line is – the third string All-Black team would beat the All-White time by two scores. But honestly, that’s not the point. The truth is that any person of any creed, any race, any color, any background or any gender can give their analysis on football. And give their opinion. It doesn’t mean they’re right. But you also don’t have to listen. So Rashard, don’t be a dumba–. And stop staying stupid s—. … Hey, but also when is this game?”

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Mendenhall wrote on X on Monday that he was sick of “average white guys commenting on football” and proposed that the Pro Bowl should be segregated between the Black and White stars of the NFL.

“I’m sick of average white guys commenting on football. Y’all not even good at football. Can we please replace the Pro Bowl with an All-Black vs. All-White bowl so these cats can stop trying to teach me who’s good at football. I’m better than ur goat,” he wrote.

Rashard Mendenhall vs Rams

Rashard Mendenhall, #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers, carries the ball against the St. Louis Rams during the game on Dec. 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hours later, he tried to play the victim.

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“Simply tired of being berated by people who arent experts in de game. We jus pretend like I’m the only athlete tired of fans talking trash? You dis upset over a single tweet. What about us? Like me or not, I’m a GREAT in football. This proves my point, u can’t speak on ball alone.”

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