The Washington Times - November 26, 2013, 02:49AM

Robert Griffin III responded on Monday to a report that he has asked not to have negative plays shown during the Washington Redskins’ film review sessions by asserting it isn’t true.

“It’s false,” Griffin said following the Redskins’ 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. “That’s why I haven’t responded to it [until now], because there’s no need to respond to untrue things. I just echo what coach [Mike Shanahan] said – that it’s completely false. People are trying to character assassinate me, and it’s unfortunate.”

A report by NFL Network on Sunday illustrated the breakdowns in Griffin’s relationship with his coaching staff and teammates with the detail that he has asked not to have his mistakes shared for critique.

Shanahan defended Griffin shortly after the report aired, telling The Washington Times that the story is “completely false” and “there’s just no truth to it.”

Asked after the game to detail his leadership qualities, Griffin first asserted it would be “real conceited to tell how good of a leader you are as a person.” He then acquiesced.

“The ability to persevere through tough times – I think that’s one quality of a leader,” Griffin said. “You can’t let it change you. You have to be the same person 100 percent of the time. I know I might sound down right now, or upset, but when I show up in that building tomorrow, I’ll be the same guy. Those will be the same guys I step on the field with that give me everything they have, and sometimes, we come up short. At the end of the day, I’ll fight with them any day – and I think that is the quality of a leader.”