ESPN suspends Rob Parker for comments

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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