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*Robert Griffin III says anybody criticizing his father for being in the Washington Redskins locker room ”needs to back up.”

Griffin said Wednesday that his father was in the locker room after the team’s 27-6 Monday night loss to the San Francisco 49ers because the quarterback had taken several hard hits in the game.

RGIII says, ”He wanted to do his fatherly duties and he stepped in there to see if I was OK.”

Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball as outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks #55 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes in in the first quarter at FedExField on November 25, 2013 in Landover

Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball as outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks #55 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes in in the first quarter at FedExField on November 25, 2013 in Landover

Griffin says he was ”shocked” to see his father in the locker room, but adds that anyone criticizing ”my dad needs to back up.”

No. 10 says while he knows that his father serving 21 years in the military is ”not an excuse for anything that he does – but he’s not overstepping any bounds, so I hope people respect that and back off.”