It appears after going through a social media blackout for the remainder of the 2014 season, RGIII is back on Instagram to fight with critics about his image. The Instagram post in question is of Robert Griffin III singing Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” while on his way to a training session.

Jamming to MJ on the way to get that work in this morning #BillyJean What you working with this morning?

A video posted by Robert Griffin III (@rgiii) on

Well a particular Instagram user called @cperezrn took exception to this video and stated, “This is why you will be cut after next year in Washington. Why you weren’t even mentioned as the future. You are a ‘QB’. Act like one.” When another fan asked him to clarify his statements, the critic exclaimed, “[V]ery simple. He cares more about his brand, social media than working in his craft… Brees, Brady, Rodgers, Manning don’t act this way. Very simple observation.”

And the famous Washington first round pick, who has not been able to handle criticism in the past, took to Instagram to defend himself.

@rgiii: @cperezrn If giving back to the community and training for football at the same time is frowned upon…..then what would you say I do Sir? Not give back or Train? Honest Question

Oh wait…and should I not enjoy a classic song with others who Love MJ? I’m just asking for your wisdom here.

@cperezrn: It’s about the image @rgiii. Whether or not you are training trying to get better it’s all about how you present yourself. Your coach, owner doesn’t want to see you present yourself in this matter. Think about it for a minute. You grew up in a military family. I am also a military man. Ask your father, mother it’s how you present yourself.

@rgii: And I’m presenting myself in a negative way by doing…..what exactly?

@cperezrn: Never said you were presenting yourself in a “negative” way. Just seems that you care more about your social media, commercial’s and brand than football. That’s all bud. Good luck next year. @rgiii. Hope you prove your fans wrong.

@rgiii: And what or who makes it seem that way? The fans are the ones who support not the ones I have to prove wrong.

After plenty of fan support for RGIII, the little squabble continued.

@rgiii: No need to act like a leader, just gonna be one as always. The case you tried to make isn’t supported by anything I have done. Fun loving, motivation & football based commercials? Motivation and family related social media post?

@rgiii: Community events and gear going towards helping the community?

@cperezrn: If you were the leader of your team, why weren’t you mentioned as the future the other day. I’m not talking about your community involvement. Not criticizing that. I’m talking to you about the way you present yourself and many of your critics feel that you care more about your brand than football. That is ALL that I’m saying. I can be 100% wrong, even your teammates have said they aren’t sure about you. Think you have too much “DIVA” in you. Anyways I’m wrong you are right.”

@rgiii: Military families have class, dignity & loyalty. I will maintain mine. You have not shown any of those. I will keep it that way and let you go right off my page God Bless

Needless to say, this escalated fairly quickly: and as players have shown with their social media fights, these athletes are just as immature as the trolls in the first place. The important thing — as hard as it is — is to ignore all of these comments: yes, even though it sounds good to answer online critics, most of the time it will result in this — a pointless spat over basically nothing.

As the fan has pointed out, RGIII has more important things to worry about: he should be anxious about his future with  Washington because his contract expires after the 2015 season.

H/T: Washington Post

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