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Radio DJ Tom Joyner makes racially charged comments about playing RG3

Friday - 1/11/2013, 1:21pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A popular D.C. radio host is raising a racial question over the decision to play Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. His controversial comments are causing a stir, reports The Washington Post.

On his show Monday morning, Tom Joyner made a parallel between Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's decision to play hurt quarterback Robert Griffin III and Leonardo Di Caprio's character - a slave owner whose slaves fight for his entertainment - in the movie "Django."

In his article about the comments, The Post's Dan Steinberg writes, "I'm not a regular listener, so I can't swear that this wasn't some sort of a gimmick, but it seemed awfully sensitive ground."

Joyner's syndicated show is based in Dallas and holds an audience of 8 million listeners weekly in over 105 markets, according to

"I'm just gonna say it, I think Mike Shanahan the coach of the Washington Redskins could be compared to the character that DiCaprio plays in 'Django,'" Joyner said.

"You're absolutely right," comedian J.A. Brown said. "Keep fighting, Negros."

Listen to Joyner's comments here, courtesy of The Washington Post: