Robert Griffin III says former Washington Redskins teammate Santana Moss lied about QB taking credit for Mike Shanahan firing in 2013

Robert Griffin III celebrated when the Washington Redskins fired ex-coach Mike Shanahan, former teammate Santana Moss said. But, Moss told a local radio station, Griffin’s giddiness hurt him in the end.

Griffin denies having done so and, via Twitter on Tuesday, told Moss that “to openly lie about me is a betrayal.”

Moss, appearing on 106.7 The Fan, said the perception was Griffin appeared happy over Shanahan’s ouster following the 2013 season.

“When the whole thing went about, we hear that Mike Shanahan’s not coming back the next year, then we hear the quarterback like, ‘Hey. Mm hmm.'” Moss told 106.7 The Fan. “Like, basically saying that you got me out of here not playing last year, the last few games, then that’s what happens. You get fired.”

By that point of their relationship, it was clear an issue existed between Shanahan, his son, offensive coordinator Kyle, and Griffin. It simmered beneath the surface after Griffin’s rookie season, which ended with him tearing his ACL in a playoff loss to Seattle. But the extent of the problems weren’t fully divulged until late in the second season, at which point it became clear Shanahan would not return for a fifth season.

He was fired with one year left on his contract and a 3-13 mark in that last season.

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“So 2014 comes, and Jay Gruden comes in, and he don’t care,” Moss told the station. “We see that now. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t care what he says about you, he doesn’t care what he says at you.

“And he rips RG every chance he gets, like every meeting, and we’re sitting there looking like, ‘Yeah. You know what? You were just so happy that Mike and Kyle and them is gone, but now you’re getting your behind ripped every day, because you’re not playing the kind of football that we need to play for us to be successful.’ So it comes back and bites you in your behind because now you see this guy is at home.”

Griffin, via Twitter, said he’s been “lied on a lot over the years.”

After Shanahan was fired, reports trickled out that he was not firmly in favor of trading up to draft Griffin.

They won the NFC East in Griffin’s rookie year; he was voted to the Pro Bowl.

Griffin then tweeted:

There were various reports about Griffin’s standing among teammates during his playing days. There was a faction that didn’t care for him and some who did. Griffin was voted a team captain in Cleveland last season. The Browns released him in the offseason and he remains unemployed.

“I feel that a lot of stuff goes into play when it comes to who gets fired and hired,” Moss told 106.7 The Fan. “It’s all about numbers. But, regardless of what went on when it came down to those decisions of why those guys was gone, it was almost like that was on him, that he took that to say, ‘Well, hey. That’s what happens when you mess with me.’ And that’s how we felt. We saw it live, in person, up in front.”

Moss said his anger about this topic stems in part from his respect for Shanahan, who moved him to slot receiver to help extend his career.

“For me to share that with you,” Moss said on the show, “it was bothering me, because I never forgot it. Because these are the one guys that believed in what I was doing, and how I was doing things, and said, ‘Hey, this is what I’m going to do to take this off of you and allow you to be able to be here more, and longer, so you can be the player that I want you to be.’ And then these guys are gone for doing nothing.”

“I just feel that I was always bitter about it because I saw it live, that these guys was gone because of one guy.”

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