ASHBURN, Wash. – The agent for Washington Commanders running back, Brian Robinson, started with the team that called his client’s shooting in their precautionary response to the upcoming announcement of the District of Columbia Attorney General about the organization.
Earlier Wednesday, the office of D.C. Attorney General Carl Racine announced that he would hold a 1 p.m. news conference Thursday to “make a major announcement related to the Washington commanders.”
It is currently unknown what Racine will be announcing. His office has been investigating the commanders for more than six months, as has the Virginia attorney general, over allegations that the organization engaged in financial wrongdoing. The US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia has also opened a criminal investigation into the allegations, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to ESPN last week.
a commander spokesperson, In a statement Wednesday nightPushed back on the possible announcement from the attorney general and thereby referring to Robinson, who was shot twice in the right leg in August during an attempted robbery while he was walking into a restaurant in DC.
“Less than three months ago, a 23-year-old player on our team was shot multiple times in broad daylight,” the statement began. “Despite the out-of-control violent crime in DC, today Washington commanders learned for the first time on Twitter that the DC Attorney General will hold a press conference to ‘make a major announcement’ related to the organization tomorrow.”
Robinson required surgery on his right knee, but suffered no internal damage and was able to play in a game six weeks later, becoming a feel-good story for the franchise.
His agent, Ryan Williams, was unaware of Robinson’s inclusion in the statement until it became public.
“Until an hour ago, the commanders handled the Brian Robinson situation with so much care, sincerity and class,” Williams wrote in a tweet. “And I was so grateful for all of that. While I know there are some great people in this building, whoever is hiding behind that statement is not one of them.”
Up until an hour ago, the commanders handled the Brian Robinson situation with so much care, sincerity and class. And I was so grateful for everything.
While I know there are some great people in this building, whoever is hiding behind this statement is not one of them. https://t.co/cnD0DtUfqm
— Ryan Williams (@RyanWilliamsA1) November 10, 2022
Commander President Jason Wright, when reached for comment Wednesday night, said the statement “expresses our external counsel’s ongoing frustration with the attorney general’s office, as they have been nothing but serious and transparent in their communications with his team.”
Wright noted in his statement that the lawyers’ frustrations “should have been separate and apart from referring to the horrific crime that affected our players.”
Wright also said he spoke with Chief Robert Conte of the D.C. Metropolitan Police on Wednesday night and conveyed the organization’s support to the MPD and those “working to reduce gun violence and crime throughout the region. “
DC Metro Police have arrested two suspects in connection with Robinson’s shooting. The DC Attorney General’s Office is not responsible for prosecuting armed robbery or attempted murder, which falls under the jurisdiction of the US.
The commander’s spokesperson’s statement continued, “The commanders have cooperated fully with the AG’s investigation for nearly a year. As recently as Monday, an attorney for the team met with the AG, who did not suggest at this time that He intends to take no action and, in fact, reveals fundamental misunderstandings of the underlying facts. It is unfortunate that, in his last days in office, Mr. Racine is more interested in making splashy headlines, based on offbeat legal theories, than to Do the hard work of making the streets safe for our citizens, including bringing to justice the people who shot one of our players.”