Reports are surfacing that Robert Griffin III was force by the NFL to censor a “Know Jesus, Know Peace” t-shirt by turning it inside out at a press conference on Sunday. The response has been overwhelming anger from fans who feel that RGIII’s Christian faith is being censored while other viewpoints gain increase tolerance.

After being injured, Griffin headed to a press conference, wearing a shirt that says ‘know Jesus, know peace’ with the letters k and w in a different color so that it also says, ‘no Jesus, no peace.’ However, before he could take the podium, he was reportely told to turn the shirt inside-out.

According to the CBS local affiliate, the NFL denies that this had anything to do with the religious nature of the message. They say that on game days, players are not permitted to wear any clothing with personal messages.

Section 4, Article 8, of the NFL’s rulebook is shown below. It states that this clothing rule applies during all the time that a player is visible to fans on game days. It does not mention restrictions for days when there is no game, or during a time when a player is in his own personal space.

However, it’s notable that Griffin tweeted a photo of himself in the same shirt on Saturday, and the NFL has expressed no problems with that.

As for RGIII’s faith, he’s clear about that, too. On his Twitter account, his profile reads:

I have no Religion. I have a relationship with God. Live your life so it doesnt live you #KnowYourWhy #GoCatchYourDream #ThisIsForUs

His location is listed as Jeremiah 29:11, rather than a physical address. In the NIV, this verse reads,

or I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

It does not appear that anyone is actively trying to censor Robert Griffin III’s faith, but if they are, they are clearly not succeeding.

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