Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, the expected second overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft, rejected Thursday an anonymously sourced report that labeled him a selfish player.
"I think the people that know me — and even the people in the media have seen — know I’m not a selfish guy," Griffin told CBS Sports in Florida, where he is training at the Gatorade Sports Science Lab.
The claim by two unnamed NFL scouts appeared in a draft preview compiled by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn.
"He’s got a little bit of a selfish streak," one scout said. "Everybody was laying on Cam (Newton), but for some reason this guy has become gloves off. He doesn’t treat anybody good."
McGinn wrote that a second scout "questioned the way Griffin deals with people." The article came out shortly before ESPN reported that the Colts have informed Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck he will be their choice with the No. 1 pick.
The Redskins are likely to select the speedy, strong-armed Griffin with the No. 2 pick after trading three first-round picks to the Rams to move up in the draft order.
The 22-year-old Baylor star said he realizes it is normal for rumors to circulate about players leading up the NFL Draft.
"You could say [I’m] surprised, but you never know," Griffin said. "It’s just when the draft gets closer, everybody’s going to try and find something wrong with you to try and pull you down, so I’m not going to sit here and argue that."