Friday, January 15, 2021

NFL: Robert Griffin III Signs with Ravens; Von Miller’s Shark Catch Investigated

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, chats with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, chats with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

*Robert Griffin III is back with an NFL team, located about an hour north of his first experience in the league.

The Baltimore Ravens reached a one-year agreement with RGIII, who began his career as the dazzling Washington Redskins quarterback in 2012 before injuries pushed him to the sideline. He spent a short-lived 2016 as the Cleveland Browns quarterback.

Although he hasn’t played since the 2016 season, the Ravens signed him this week as an experience backup to starter Joe Flacco. The Ravens initially brought him in to throw to free-agent receivers during a tryout last week and were impressed with his workout. After Griffin took a visit to another team, Baltimore then struck a deal with the former Heisman Trophy winner late Tuesday.

“You look at the veteran quarterbacks out there, where we’re at right now, I’m pretty excited about this player,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I’m really feeling like we got a steal. I really feel that way.”

Von Miller (Instagram)
Von Miller (Instagram)

In other NFL News, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after posting a photo of himself with a hammerhead shark on social media.

Miller posted the photo of himself holding the bloodied shark by the tail on his Instagram story and it was shared by multiple media outlets.

Problem is…Hammerhead sharks are prohibited for capture in Florida waters. The crime is a second-degree misdemeanor.

Miller could face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, as determined by a judge, if he is charged and convicted of the hammerhead’s unlawful capture, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

According to the Denver Post, FWC launched its investigation after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) complained about Miller catching the shark, and accused the athlete and the group he was fishing with of killing the shark.

Miller recorded himself putting the shark back in the ocean after taking pictures of the catch, which was posted by TMZ. However, it’s not clear from the video whether the shark was alive or dead. It floats away on its side before disappearing under the water.

Watch below:

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson Carol Lyn Parrish said in a statement: “The FWC has received the images and video and is looking into whether or not a violation occurred in this incident.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I really wish Von Miller didn’t harm, and most likely kill, this beautiful marine animal. It’s illegal to catch hammerhead sharks in Florida, so he should be held responsible and face the consequences. Maybe that will teach him to leave animals alone.

  2. The ocean is a delicate ecosystem; even removing one shark can throw off the ecosystem’s balance. According to the WWF, the oceans will be officially “overfished” by year 2048, with numerous species extinct. Von Miller must be held responsible for this irresponsible, immature, violent and selfish act.

  3. Not only were his actions illegal, they were downright cruel. There was no excuse for him to torture the shark and he certainly wasn’t being humane by dumping a bloody, abused, exhausted, and terrified animal back in the water.

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