A few weeks ago, a local publication made public the link to the wedding gift registry set up by Robert Griffin III and fiancee Recebba Liddicoat. Apparently some of RG3's legion of fans decided to take advantage of the opportunity to express their appreciation for his play and get Robert and Rebecca a wedding gift. It seems that, in fact, a lot of them did. The quarterback tweeted the following on Sunday:
Thank you to the Fans who are helping buy ALL the items from our wedding registry at Bed Bath & Beyond … say.ly/MLw5Rbg— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 19, 2013
The gestures of these individuals spending their own money drew some fire from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other tweeters. Griffin retweeted a couple of them and responded:
I didn't ask the fans to buy me anything. They found it on their own and decided to get what they could. SMH at all these Debbie downers— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 19, 2013
A look through some of the critical tweets directed at Griffin had a litany of the usual suspects like Cowboys and Raiders fans (some of them were profane) and a number of others wondering if perhaps Griffin might have been better advised to set up a charity fund to which fans could donate to express their well wishes to him and Rebecca.
A look at the registry online reveals that it isn't quite sold out. For example, there is still a hammock in which RG3 can relax after a tough day of rehabbing his famed right knee for $199 or for about $50 you can get him a paper shredder.
Shutdown Corner noted that among the items already purchased are "the $439.99 Palm Harbor 2-Piece Outdoor Wicker Seating Set, the $399.99 KitchenAid® 5-Quart Tilt-Head Designer Series Stand Mixer with Glass Bowl (in lovely Candy Apple), the $299.99 11-Foot Outdoor Round Cantilever Latte Solar Umbrella with Steel Frame [and] the $249.99 Calphalon® Precision Series 16-Piece Cutlery Knife Block Set."
The purchases of such relatively expensive items for someone with an annual income of seven figures, if not more, did raise some eyebrows. It should be noted that the registry also was available to the invited guests and the list doubtless includes teammates, coaches, and others whose incomes are in the top one percent.
According to media sources the wedding will take place on July 6.
Update: Griffin apparently continued to get grief for receiving gifts from his fans. About seven hours after the first series of tweets on the subject he posted the following:
Haters gon hate. Theme of the day. They always say more money more problems. Or mo' money mo' problems. Yea I'm cultured #DealWithIt— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 20, 2013