Archive for December 2012

ESPN suspends Rob Parker for comments

December 14, 2012

Via ESPN:

ESPN_Robert_Parker_2012ESPN has suspended commentator Rob Parker for comments he made regarding Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said: “Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”

Parker, appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, was asked about Griffin’s role as a black quarterback. Parker questioned Griffin’s “blackness.”

“Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” said Parker, who is black.

Later, he said he wanted to find out more about Griffin and how he deals with black teammates and others in Washington.

“We all know he has a white fiancée,” he said. “There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”

robert-griffin-III-adidas-adizero-5-star-3Robert Griffin II, the quarterback’s father, told USA Today Sports Thursday night : “I wouldn’t say it’s racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up.”

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told The Washington Post in an email Friday: “Robert can certainly take care of himself. Nonetheless, I hope that our men and for that matter, my own kids, will never beg for authenticity from someone who can only talk about the things that other people have the courage to do. People need to be held accountable for the offensive things that they say.”

 Every time I listen to him on ESPN, he always talks about race or something about how African American players don’t get the credit they deserve. I am so happy ESPN has suspended him. He never brought anything to the table really and he just reiterated the same points all the time. And for him to call out Robert Griffin III like that was absurd and that really got to me watching that show. RG III is a good kid with good family values. That’s what everyone wants to see in your star QB and for Parker to call him out on his so called “blackness” was absurd and out of control. As a journalist, this topic and post makes me very upset because people would rather talk about issues that don’t have facts than arguments that bring up discussion and insight. In the end, this brought up one discussion for Mr. Parker and his television career. Good Bye Rob Parker…

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It’s time to unleash the beast, Ryan Canty style

December 4, 2012
(AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

(AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Fordham has a big match up tonight with the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on the road and one player is becoming a huge force under the basket. That is Mr. Ryan Canty.

The big man from Massachusetts played minimal minutes last year due to fouling issues. He would enter the game and pick up two fouls in 3 minutes and would have to go right to the bench. This year however, is a new year and Mr. Canty is asserting himself offensively.

Many alumni and fans were disappointed at Canty’s performance last season but I saw it as a stepping stone. He was a highly touted recruit coming in as a high energy, good rebounding, high-flying big man.  Now that we are into the month of December, we are starting to see a lot more of why he can be so dominant on Fordham’s roster.

In his last two games, Ryan has averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and two blocks. In the Manhattan game he has shown that he can hit the offensive glass and be a force in the paint with put back layups and dunks that not only ignited his team but got the crowd on their feet again. He finished that game with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Then against Harvard, he hit the glass more and hauled in 9 rebounds and chipped in 10 points in the starting role.

The aggressiveness he shows when grabs a rebound cannot be taught and that mindset has allowed him to put up these productive numbers the past two games.

The only thing Ryan needs to learn is to not pick up silly, ticky-tacky fouls. Ryan only played 13 minutes in the Harvard game due to fouling out and that cannot happen in the next few games. He needs to try to control a lot of that high energy and play aggressive but within his limits. His recent play right now is too valuable to the team right now and he needs to play more with his feet and not with his hands. The more the big fella can shuffle those puppies, it gives the Rams a better chance to win a ball game.

I like that this is a coming out party for Canty. Many lose sight when production goes down in a player. But now that the beast is unleashed, Fordham needs to take advantage of his production and his skill set and execute it into tonight’s ball game.

Everyone remembers how effective Kervin Bristol was defensively and offensively on this Rams squad last season. I think Ryan learned a lot from his predecessor and has used that knowledge to display it out on the floor this season.

8366428Now that I see this production from #42, Alley-Oop passes need to be thrown his way, passes need to be thrown inside the post a little more often to set up the big guy for an offensive rebound if needed, and opponents need to start getting scared about defending the paint and worry that Ryan can take over a ball game.

Tonight will be a big test for Ryan and his Fordham squad because Lehigh is a very good Patriot League team with Senior All-American guard C.J. McCollum leading his team with 25.7 points per a game.

Let’s see if Ryan mans the center position for a lot of minutes and provides a double-double and a spark in Fordham’s spirits to earn a nice road victory tonight.