Former Redskins tight end and ESPN Radio host Chris Cooley took to the airwaves Monday to shed light on what he believed was a tense relationship between former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and quarterback of the future Kirk Cousins. Reactions from current and ex-Redskins soon followed with major crescendo midday Wednesday.
Cooley spoke at length on how Griffin dealt with the Redskins selecting him and Cousins in 2012 draft. "There was never a friendship relationship,” Cooley said after news of Griffin’s official release from the team had already hit the wires. “From the moment Kirk was drafted, I think Robert had animosity towards him.”
Niles Paul first caught wind of the comments Tuesday and wasn’t happy. At all. In his tweet, which was in response to another Twitter user, Paul said, "Cooley lame as [expletive]."
But it wasn’t until Brian Orakpo took to Twitter on Wednesday, with a slightly more aggravated response, that more of RG3’s former Redskins teammates noticed what Cooley had said.
"Get this BUM Chris Cooley off the radio and tv please... don't worry still got property in VA when I see him Ima smack the [expletive] out of him," Orakpo said.
Nose tackle Terrance Knighton, who like Griffin is on his way out of Washington, settled in for the Twitter show, signified by the popcorn emojis he added in his retweet of Orakpo. Problem was, he still hadn’t heard what Cooley said.
Meanwhile, Paul further elaborated on the reason for his disapproval of Cooley’s comments, saying "you can't keep [expletive] on people you worked with & called your teammates."
Like Knighton, defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois hadn’t heard Cooley’s comments. When he became abreast of the situation, he decided not to stoke the flames.
Remaining silent has proved burdensome, though.
That escalated quickly. For the moment, the conversation quieted. Then again, Cooley's radio show starts at 4:00 p.m., and Jean-Francois is booked as a guest at 5:00 p.m.
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