Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin was wearing fake diamond earrings and fake jewelry in a photo of him and his teammates before the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFC Championship Game, the NFL said Wednesday.
Griffin, who is currently sidelined with a broken leg, had worn fake jewelry before and was fined $2,500 for it on Nov. 2, the league said.
The Redskins have yet to confirm the authenticity of the photos, which have since been deleted.
Griffin’s team said he did not use the jewelry and was not the intended recipient.
The NFL has suspended Griffin for the remainder of the regular season for using fake jewelry.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and team owner Daniel Snyder were also named in the report.
The league also said the team would consider making Griffin a co-owner.
Griffin has a contract through 2020 that runs through the 2019 season, but he has not yet announced whether he will be paid a base salary of $1.4 million or be offered a guaranteed contract worth $2.6 million.
Redskins owner Daniel Prost, who was named team president last year, said on Tuesday that he would not speak to the media about the investigation.
Prost told ESPN radio that the league did not have enough information to make a decision on Griffin’s status.
“I know that’s not something that we can discuss publicly right now, and that’s because we don’t have all the facts,” Prost said.
“We can’t get to the bottom of all this, and it’s unfortunate that it happened, but it’s happened, and we’ve been doing a thorough investigation.”
The Redskins were in Pittsburgh on Tuesday for their game against a Pittsburgh Steelers team that is tied for the NFL lead in scoring with 29 points, but have lost three straight.
They have won four straight at home and have lost five straight on the road.
The team’s season-opening win at Indianapolis came against a Steelers team with the league’s best defensive record at 13-2.
They’re playing in their first playoff game since 1998, when the Redskins beat the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.
The Steelers have the league lead in sacks (19) and quarterback hits (16) and are second in scoring (30.9 points per game).
The Redskins played the Steelers in a preseason game on Aug. 19, 1999, in the opening game of their season, then lost 38-20.
The teams have played 11 times in the NFL.