Saints Backup QB Ryan Griffin Had To get 50 Stitches After Getting A Champagne Bottle Broken Over His Head
BSO- “Mr. Griffin believes words were exchanged and he was struck in the head with a champagne bottle,” the police report said. “Mr. Griffin said that his friends told him that they believed it was a champagne bottle because the contents were sprayed all over them when he was struck with the bottle.”
The reported bottle attack began not long after Griffin and some friends arrived at ApresLounge, 608 Fulton St., around 1:50 a.m. on June 7. According to an NOPD incident reportobtained by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Griffin told police he thought he “bumped into” a group of men already inside the lounge.
Being a backup (or in this case a 3rd string) quarterback in the NFL is a tough job. Well, maybe not physically. All you really do is take a few practice snaps and sit around on Sundays collecting an overinflated paycheck. However one thing you don't collect a lot of is undue respect. You may have the talent to play in the league, but you don't have the resume and playing time to back it up. It's easy to walk around like your shit doesn't stink when you play football at the highest level possible, but it's also easy to accidentally bash a champagne bottle over a backup quarterback's head because you don't recognize him. I mean, what starting quarterback other than Johnny Football would a random person in a club feel comfortable enough around to shatter a bottle over their face? It just comes with the territory of being a borderline NFL player. You may barely have an NFL sized wallet, but you don't get revered like an actual member of the league.
Hey, at least we can know he can take a hit, right? No linebacker hits harder than an alcohol induced asshole with a half empty bottle of Moet. Guys that take reps a couple days after coming out the ass end of a bar fight don't have to sit out OTA's with shoulder soreness, that much is certain. He may not have a lot going for him in this 3 man backup quarterback battle in New Orleans, but he definitely has durability. That's a lot more than some quarterbacks in this league can say.
P.S. If Ryan Griffin ever wants to be a starting quarterback anywhere he's going to need to get himself some starting caliber friends. Can't let the one kid in your friend group with an NFL contract get bludgeoned by a drunk buffoon.